Pancreas Disease Treatments

At Emory, we have put together a multidisciplinary team specifically dedicated to the treatment of diseases and disorders that affect the pancreas. This allows us to evaluate each patient and determine the best course of treatment, whether it is surgical, medical or some combination of the two. To learn more about some of the treatments available at Emory for pancreatic conditions, please use the links below.

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). Learn more >>

Distal Pancreatectomy

Pancreatectomy is removal of the entire pancreas. However, if a tumor is located in the body or the tail of the pancreas, then these portions can be removed, leaving the head of the pancreas intact. This is called a distal pancreatectomy. Learn more >>

Drainage of Pancreatic Pseudocysts

Most pancreatic pseudocysts do not cause symptoms and will go away on their own. Learn more >>

Duct Drainage

Chronic pancreatitis often results in narrowing or blockage of the pancreatic ducts, as well as severe stomach pain. Learn more >>

Enucleation of Pancreatic Tumors

Enucleation is a surgical process during which only the tumor cells are removed, leaving the pancreas entirely intact. Learn more >>

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive treatment that involves using imaging (ultrasound, CT or MRI) to guide a needle electrode into a tumor. Learn more >>

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a form of cancer treatment that targets energy waves at cancer cells to damage or destroy them. Learn more >>

Whipple Procedure

This major surgical operation is performed to treat cancers of the head of the pancreas, the distal bile duct and the duodenum, as well as pancreatitis. Emory surgeons are leading the way towards perfecting this complicated, often life-saving procedure. Learn more >>

Pancreas Conditions