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Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Surgery is the primary form of treatment for pancreatic cancer. Depending on the stage of the cancer and its location within the pancreas, surgery may be performed to remove tumors, a portion of the pancreas or the entire organ.

Types of Surgery

The most common types of surgery for pancreatic cancer include:

Pancreatic Resections

Pancreatic resections include:

Whipple procedure

This surgery, also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, is an intricate procedure that involves removing the head of the pancreas, connecting portion of the small intestine, gallbladder, a section of the bile duct and surrounding lymph nodes. The surgeon then reattaches the remainder of the pancreas to the digestive tract.

Distal pancreatectomy

This procedure entails removing the left side of the pancreas, sometimes along with the spleen. 

Total pancreatectomy

This surgery is performed to remove the entire pancreas. It is possible to live without a pancreas, although long-term enzyme and insulin replacement therapy will be necessary.

Irreversible Electroporation (IRE)

TGH is the first program in Southwest Florida to offer irreversible electroporation (IRE) for patients with inoperable tumors or severe medical problems that make major surgery unrealistic. During the procedure, targeted electrical currents are used to destroy or damage cancer cells.

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

A select few cancer centers in the region provide hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a procedure that delivers cancer-fighting medicine directly into the abdominal cavity immediately following tumor removal surgery.  

The Latest Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Tampa General Hospital’s Pancreatic Oncology Program stands at the forefront of pancreatic cancer surgery. Our pancreatobiliary surgeons are able to perform highly complex operations—including resections with multiple vascular reconstructions—that may not be possible at other cancer centers. Furthermore, we utilize the latest breakthroughs in robotic assisted techniques.

Thanks in part to the remarkable expertise of our surgeons and the technologies they incorporate, U.S. News & World Report has recognized TGH as one of the top 10% in the nation for Cancer Care and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery in 2021-22.

Learn More

Contact TGH’s Pancreatic Oncology Program at (813) 844-2200 to learn more about our approach to pancreatic cancer surgery or to schedule an appointment with a specialist on our team. We aim to respond to all appointment requests within 48 hours.