Surgery is a highly effective means of dealing with many common types of cancer. The doctors at Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced in the diagnosis and staging (determining the extent) of cancer, and surgically treat many cancers safely and effectively.
Pancreatic Surgery Q & A
Pancreatitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the pancreas. This condition causes a number of issues, including pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, fever, bloating, and vomiting. In the acute version of pancreatitis, the condition can resolve fairly quickly and won’t require surgery. However, if the condition becomes chronic, the patient can experience malnutrition, extreme weight loss, and other serious symptoms. The pancreas can even be destroyed eventually, resulting in diabetes mellitus.
Pancreatic cancer is ranked as the 4th most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men, and the 5th most common cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Over 37,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Because there are no symptoms early on, pancreatic cancer is sometimes not diagnosed until it’s quite advanced. A painless yellowing of the skin (jaundice) is often the only symptom until the cancer is quite advanced. This type of cancer is unique in that it doesn’t respond well to common cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy. However, if the cancer is identified early enough, surgical resection provides a very effective treatment. Even if the cancer isn’t diagnosed until a patient is in the later stages of the disease, surgical resection greatly improves a patient’s quality of life and gives them symptom relief.
Other pancreatic diseases that the team at Association of South Bay Surgeons treats regularly include pancreatic pseudocysts, pancreatic abscesses, and auto-immune pancreatitis.
At Association of South Bay Surgeons, an entire team of radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, and medical and radiation oncologists work together to determine the best-individualized treatment plan for each patient. This includes minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries, such as laparoscopic enucleation, laparoscopic distal/left pancreatectomy, laparoscopic pancreatic ablation, and laparoscopic and traditional Whipple Surgery (pancreaticoduodenectomy.) The surgeons at Association of South Bay Surgeons served as faculty at Penn State University and UCLA-Harbor and trained other surgeons to perform pancreatic surgery. They also researched and published about pancreatic diseases extensively. All of this makes Association of South Bay Surgeons a team with unparalleled experience.
Our board-certified & fellowship trained surgeons are skilled at diagnosing and treating pancreatic diseases including:
- Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Pseudocysts, Pancreatic Abscesses
- Auto-Immune Pancreatitis
- Pancreatic Cancers such as Adenocarcinoma, Neuroendocrine / Islet cell carcinoma, Pseudopapillary neoplasms
Team Work & Individualized Therapy
- Our team includes surgeons with advanced training (Fellowships) in Minimally Invasive Surgery and also Pancreatic Surgery & Surgical Oncology.
- The best care requires radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, and sometimes medical and radiation oncologists.
- We work closely with these and other specialists to individualize a treatment plan for you.
Minimally Invasive / LaparoscopicSurgery & Pancreatectomy
Minimally Invasive / Laparoscopic surgery reduces your pain, reduces your risk of complications, and speeds your recovery.
We are experienced in minimally invasive / laparoscopic pancreatic surgery such as:
- Laparoscopic Enucleation
- Laparoscopic Distal / Left Pancreatectomy
- Laparoscopic Pancreatic Ablation
- Laparoscopic & Traditional Whipple Surgery (Pancreatico-Duodenectomy)
- Our surgeons have been faculty at Penn State University and UCLA- Harbor.
- We have trained other surgeons to perform pancreatic surgery.
- We have researched and published about these diseases extensively.
Pancreatic Cancer Resources
Words from our patients
“The best bedside manner I have ever encountered in a physician. He made a very scary surgery a good experience…”
“An excellent doctor and surgeon with wonderful people skills. She is extremely personable and makes you feel very comfortable…”
“I don’t like surgery, but he made me feel comfortable, I really trust him. He was very patient and most Doctors don’t understand how important patience is.”
“Everyone in the office was very professional, and very nice to all the patients coming in.”
“A very down to earth doctor. I feel that I can trust what he tells me which is also told in such a way that I can understand…”
“The office was professionally laid out displaying a relaxing atmosphere. The free coffee and actual tables to sit at is a welcome sight…”
“During a very stressful time, the Dr. was thorough and calming. I felt very confident going into surgery that I had made the right decision on the doctor…”
“Good attitude, helpful, explained diagnosis simply and thoroughly. I really did appreciate the call on a Friday evening at home to discuss my options…”
“Office staff very kind and friendly, helpful when I had insurance issues and they worked the problems out. I did not have to…”
“A wonderful doctor who is quite knowledgeable in her field of expertise. She has a great bed side manner and has a pleasant, down to earth personality.”
“One of the best and most caring doctors, I’ve ever met. When I come to see the Dr., I know I’m in good hands, and I have complete trust in him…”
“I felt very confident about my decision to plan my surgery with this Physician. I did extensive research on my type of surgery, issues and options…”
“Dr Friedlander is such a great surgeon. She has the perfect combo of being a skilled surgeon and also being a very decent human being. She was totally present to me…”
“Good doctor, and very nice. She is a busy and in-demand surgeon, so even though I’ve been kept waiting a couple of times, it’s been for good reason.”
“Given a mountain of evidence, I know absolutely that Dr. Klein is absolutely one of the best surgeons and you will be very lucky to have him on your team…”
“I have to say he has been great. Since the beginning of my journey he has been there to answer questions and any concerns I had.”
“I can not thank Dr. Solomon enough for giving me my life back. Topping the scale at 279, I’m 3 months post op and 219 lbs, I would not have been able to do this alone.”
“She is truly amazing, her spirit will take all your fears away and you will be relieved from the moment you meet her. She’s truly an outstanding Doctor…”
“I went to Dr. Ali-jones for a double mastectomy. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and her bedside manner exuded compassion and understanding…”
“Dr. Bhayani perform colon cancer surgery on my wife. I am a pastor and deal with lots of medical people. Dr. Bhayani was outstanding, competent…”
“He explained in specific detail what a liver resection procedure was. I like that he didn’t sugar coat things but his caring attitude made me feel at ease…”