13 January, 2022
What is the pancreas, what function does it have and what diseases can it develop?
The pancreas is a fundamental organ for the digestion of food. It is a gland that makes up part of the digestive system that has a structure with a long shape that weighs 200 grams and measures 20cm in length and is made up of three parts: a head, a body and a tail. It is located in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, behind the stomach and intestines and is intimately related to the liver and the biliary tracts, as well as other organs not involved in digestion.
As a result of its location, the most common diseases of the pancreas are related to or affected by, in an indirect way, the pathology of nearby organs (such as gallbladder or biliary tract stones). In fact, one of the most important arguments for deciding when to carry out surgery to resolve the problems that gallbladder stones can cause is when they cause some type of damage to the pancreas, such as acute pancreatitis.
3 June, 2019
What happens to pancreatic function after surgery?
One of the issues that often generates a great deal of confusion between patients and doctors is changes in pancreatic function following surgery and how to treat it. The worsening of the different pancreatic functions is a well-studied phenomenon, which does not occur in all patients. However, its diagnosis can help to ensure a postoperative period with fewer complications, thereby contributing decisively to a better quality of life for patients.