Our pancreas plays a significant role in our bodies. It helps us break down foods, regulates and maintains our body’s levels of glucose and produces the insulin hormone among other purposes. In addition, the liver is another important organ that helps in the process of digestion among serving other functions. There are many threats that can endanger the health and wellbeing of our pancreas such as cancer. If the proper functionality of your pancreas, liver, gull bladder and bile ducts are compromised, Dr. Steljes wants to help restore your quality of life with hepatobiliary surgery.
Dr. Trina Steljes is an expert transplant surgeon in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with over 17 years of experience. Dr. Steljes and her medical team aim to help enhance your wellness and improve your quality of living. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment!
What is hepatobiliary surgery?
Hepatobiliary surgery is comprised of the diagnoses and treatment of benign and malgnant illnesses of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts. This is only a general term for how specific this approach can get, which is based upon your individual needs. To best determine if hepatobiliary surgery may be right for you, consult with Dr. Steljes today.
What are some indications that I should consider hepatobiliary surgery?
Some of the more common reasons to consider hepatobiliary surgery are:
- Pancreas tumors
- Bile duct and gallbladder cancer
- Liver cancer
But other reasons may be:
- Bile duct reconstruction or stenosis
- Caroli’s disease
- Choledochal cyst
- Hydatid cyst
Pancreatic cancers are among the most common. However, they can manifest into neuroendocrine tumors or cystic tumors that can either be precancerous or malignant. For a successful extraction, pancreatic tumors demand a special approach which will depend on the tumor’s position.
There are two types of liver tumors: primary liver tumors and liver metastases from other parts of the body. Created from liver cells, primary liver tumors usually require the extraction of several portions of the liver. Metastasized tumors generally consist of colorectal and neuroendocrine tumors. The elimination of these metastasized tumors can lengthen patient survival from this dangerous condition.
Gallbladder and Bile Duct Tumors
These kinds of tumors are rarer than liver or pancreatic tumors. Gallbladder and bile duct tumors often require a more considerable surgical approach to be treated. To treat gallbladder cancer, the gallbladder may be entirely extracted as well as any nearby tissue to prevent its spreading. For bile duct tumors, surgical removal of appropriate segments may be necessary for treatment.
While these diseases can be threatening, there are ways that may treat them and help improve your quality of life. Dr. Steljes is a highly experienced professional that offers hepatobiliary surgical approaches to treat cancers of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if hepatobiliary surgery may be right for you.