Physicians discuss whether surgery, as well as a number or other types of intervention, can benefit children as treatment options in acute pancreatitis. They explain that in severe cases involving certain types of complications, surgery, interventional radiology, as well as more novel endoscopic approaches can be viable options for consideration. Families may be in contact with a team of specialized care providers ranging from critical care physicians, GI physicians, surgeons, and interventional radiologists, in order to determine the best individualized care for their loved ones.
Physicians explain how patients with chronic pancreatitis can have a range of surgery options made available to them if medical and endoscopic approaches have been exhausted, chronic pain has become debilitating, or if the patient needs to rely on opioids over the long term. They discuss how surgical operations can range from more conventional procedures - such as Puestow or Whipple procedures - to more extensive operations like a total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT).
Physicians describe what is involved in having a total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) and what the potential health outcomes are for patients post-surgery. They explain how TPIAT is the most complex pancreatic operation offered, entailing the removal of the pancreas, and the isolation and injection of specialized islet cells that produce insulin. In over 90% of children that undergo a TPIAT, the main outcome is relief from debilitating pain, freedom from opioid reliance, and overall improvement in quality of life.
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The National Pancreas Foundation and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
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