Pancreas is the organ which resides between our stomach and spine. From the moment we are born our pancreas is like a machine on autopilot, silently working, doing its job meal after meal, day after day!
Pancreas is an important organ of the body, it is one of its kind and lasts a lifetime, extracting nutrients, processing over 100,000 meals in a lifetime without ever breaking down. But whenever it does, it becomes imperative to diagnose and treat the root cause.
Pancreas find it easy to digest a Meal but not when it needs healing! Every step, between making a diagnosis and achieving the desired prognosis, is a milestone in treating a pancreatic condition. A process that goes beyond surgery and intervention. Where surgery itself is a lot more than – making the cut and repairing the damage done by a disease. Meticulous planning and preparations towards patient counseling, stabilising general health, improving nutritional status, preparing the patient for surgery and immaculate post-op care is what goes into, not just treating but healing a patient in its truest sense. All this backed with an interdisciplinary approach is what makes it possible to handle even the most complex cases.
The pancreas is a specialist in two functions:
When would you need to see a doctor?
Some of the commonly seen pancreatic conditions are:
How peculiar can a pancreatic condition get?
Cases can be as minor as an episode of mild acute pancreatitis and as severe as an insidiously developing tumor of the pancreas. There can be a routine case of detecting diabetes from the symptoms or it can be a case where the symptoms of diabetes are silently camouflaging a life threatening tumor.
What would decide the fate of such pancreatic condition:
The prognosis of a pancreatic condition depends a lot on the age of the patient, stage of diagnosis, underlying diabetic condition, general health , along with the medical and surgical approach with which it is being managed. Patients beyond 50 years, of age, exhibiting non-specific symptoms, and recent onset diabetes need to be critically evaluated, as they might harbor small tumors of the pancreas. At Sakra Institute of Digestive & HPB sciences, a team of specialists from the departments of Surgical & Medical Gastroenterology, Medical Oncology and Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology work together in order to provide a more comprehensive treatment to the patients. It is a blessing to have all these specialties under one roof, especially when dealing some of the most complex cases.