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I have a mass in my pancreas. Do I need surgery and how is this done?

It is unusual to have a mass in the pancreas. These can be caused by either benign tumors, or cancers. Typically these tumors need to be surgically removed.

How do we figure out what kind of tumor I have in my pancreas?

Work-up for pancreatic tumors can be quite complex. It is important to determine what kind of hormone if any your tumor is producing. An endocrinologist or endocrine surgeons would need to appropriately manage these tumors.

What are the surgical options for me if I have a neuroendocrine tumor in my pancreas?

This depends on the location and type of tumor. Therapy should be catered to each patients individual case.

How much of my pancreas do you take out during surgery?

The location of the tumor determines how much of the pancreas we remove. Typically we would leave enough pancreas that the patients do not become diabetic.

How fast is my recovery after surgery?

Usually we approach these operations laparoscopically if the tumor is in the appropriate location. Recovery is usually 5-7 days in the hospital. Typically if the operation is done laparoscopically patients can return to normal activity soon after leaving the hospital. If the surgery is done open the recovery is longer.

Do I need to take any medications after surgery?

Most patients do not need to take any specific medications after the surgery. They are usually sent home on pain medications.

How long do I need to follow-up after surgery?

We typically like to follow-up our patients for life since these are rare tumors. Usually we like our patients to check in with us yearly after the initial year.

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