GASTROENTEROLOGY & GI SURGERY

Treating Pancreatic Tumors Through Whipple and Resection Methods

Nov. 12, 2020

Our team of dedicated, experienced gastroenterologists, surgeons, pathologists and oncologists at the Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders provide rapid and accurate assessment of pancreatic tumors. We are a high-volume center with proven surgical outcomes for our patients. Because of the aggressiveness of this form of cancer, rapid, accurate assessment is crucial. We have a multidisciplinary team on-site for diagnosis. Gastroenterologists use computed tomography (CT), endoscopic ultrasound and fine needle biopsy during diagnosis. Our GI pathologists are part of the immediate team to quickly diagnosis and help determine if a tumor is surgically resectable. Pancreatic surgery, both the Whipple and pancreatic resection, is riskier than most surgeries because of the complex anatomy around the pancreas and the way the pancreas itself responds to operations. Houston Methodist has an extremely strong safety record and very experienced surgeons with high volumes.

We are able to show excellent results — even with a higher-risk base of patients. The average age of our patients is approximately 10 years older than other centers. We do not discriminate on the basis of age. We are honored to treat any patient who is a candidate for pancreatic surgery.