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Can the pancreas be tottally removed safely?

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Allison Greco
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Very rarely, such as in emergencies or specific types of pancreatic cancer.
The pancreas is responsible for producing major hormones involved in sugar regulation and digestion- removal would take away all of these hormones. The pancreas is also located very close to major blood vessels and vital organs, making the surgery difficult.

In brief: Not really

Very rarely, such as in emergencies or specific types of pancreatic cancer.
The pancreas is responsible for producing major hormones involved in sugar regulation and digestion- removal would take away all of these hormones. The pancreas is also located very close to major blood vessels and vital organs, making the surgery difficult.
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
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Dr. Charles Owen
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Safety improved

Surgery to remove the pancreas has improved dramatically with respect to the danger of the surgery.
Quoted mortality (death) due to the surgery is around 2%. There is an independent risk related to whatever disease necessitates the surgery, and there are a variety of health-related effects that come from removing the pancreas (it produces Insulin and other things). Talk with your doctors.

In brief: Safety improved

Surgery to remove the pancreas has improved dramatically with respect to the danger of the surgery.
Quoted mortality (death) due to the surgery is around 2%. There is an independent risk related to whatever disease necessitates the surgery, and there are a variety of health-related effects that come from removing the pancreas (it produces Insulin and other things). Talk with your doctors.
Dr. Charles Owen
Dr. Charles Owen
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