Pancreas Treatments

Ampullectomy

Ampullectomy is a surgical procedure to remove tumors that occur where the bile and pancreas ducts meet and empty into the small intestine (called the ampulla of Vater).

If the tumor is relatively small and on or near the surface of the ampulla of Vater, the procedure can be performed using minimally invasive (endoscopic) techniques. However, for larger tumors and those that are more deeply embedded in the surrounding tissue, open surgical techniques may be required.

Following more extensive ampullectomies, reconstruction of the opening between the pancreatic duct and the duodenum (pancreatic sphincter) may be necessary. This procedure is called sphincteroplasty.

Pancreas Conditions