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A pancreatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas.

  • Several types of pancreatectomy exist:
  • pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure)
  • distal pancreatectomy
  • segmental pancreatectomy
  • total pancreatectomy
These procedures are used in the management of several conditions involving the pancreas, such as benign pancreatic tumors, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatitis.

When pancreatic output has been compromised, insulin and digestive enzymes may need to be supplemented.
 

 
 

Recommendations for Pancreatectomy:
 
 
Digestion  Good Digestive Habits

Drug

  Conventional Drugs / Information
 Blood sugar should be monitored regularly if insulin production is reduced due to limited pancreatic output. Insulin replacement may be necessary.

Lab Tests/Rule-Outs

  Digestive Enzymes / (Trial)
  Test for Hemoglobin A1c

Vitamins

  Vitamin A
 Fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K are absorbed more efficiently in the presence of fat. A low fat diet results in poorer absorption of the fat soluble vitamins.

Bile (from the liver and gallbladder) breaks down large fat molecules to tiny droplets which provide lipase (from the pancreas) with an enormously increased surface to work on. This action takes place in the small intestine and the lipase involved here is a part of the pancreatic secretion.

  Vitamin D
  Vitamin E
  Vitamin K1/K2
 
 


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May do some good
Likely to help
Highly recommended