Pancreatic Surgery

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A woman standing on a beach looks out on the ocean, possibly thinking about pancreatic surgery.

Most people never give a moment’s thought to the purpose and operation of their pancreas. Part of the digestive system, this small organ is deep within the abdomen, near the spine. It produces and releases enzymes that break down nutrients from food and delivers them throughout the body. It also creates hormones, such as insulin, to regulate metabolism.

If pancreatic problems develop, they can be quite serious. Some conditions respond well to medicines, but many require surgical treatment. Because the pancreas is hard to reach, pancreatic surgery is challenging and requires a high level of expertise.

At Yale Medicine, “Our surgeons are uniquely equipped to guide people through the process, including not only the surgical procedure, but also the transition back to health,” says Ronald R. Salem, MD,Yale Medicine section chief of Surgical Oncology.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.