The pancreas is located in the abdomen behind the stomach. Its main function is to control blood sugar by releasing insulin to lower the level or glucagon to increase it. It also secretes many of the chemicals the body uses to digest foods.
Diseases of the Pancreas
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, most often brought on when a gallstone passing from the gallbladder blocks the exit from the bile duct and the pancreatic duct. Although pancreatitis is usually treated with medicines, in some cases, parts of the pancreas may become infected or begin to die. Surgery may be needed to remove the diseased area and save the rest of the organ.
Surgery is also done for pancreatic cancer. In this instance, surgery is generally suggested to take out the tumor and any surrounding tissue that may also be cancerous.
A variety of procedures for the pancreas can be done at Rex Surgical Specialists in Raleigh. Your surgeon will choose the treatment that best suits your needs, based on the reason for the surgery, your general health and other factors.
Dr. Kirk B. Faust has been practicing in the Raleigh Area since 1988. He is the only member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons in Wake County and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He is responsible for bringing to Raleigh such advanced treatment methods as minimally invasive endoscopic thyroidectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, and monitoring of parathyroid hormone levels during surgery. Dr. Faust is an experienced surgeon completing over 400 surgeries a year.
Dr. Paul Park is a Fellowship Trained Endocrine Surgeon who trained at the University of Michigan and University of California. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, neuroendocrine pancreas, as well as inherited endocrine syndromes.
At Rex Surgical Specialists, we provide convenient, personalized and timely care in Raleigh. Rest assured that your treatment will be safe, convenient and tailored to your specific needs.
For more information about diseases of the pancreas, visit the National Cancer Institute or the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House.