Frey’s Procedure

Frey’s Procedure

This is a relatively new operation combining drainage and limited resection (removal of pancreatic tissue), with potentially fewer side effects.

During this procedure, a part of the pancreas head, along with the diseased areas of the pancreatic duct within the head of the pancreas, is removed, and the remaining pancreatic duct is opened and connected to the jejunum (Small intestine), allowing pancreatic juices to drain. This procedure is typically used in patients where the main blockage is in the head of the pancreas.

There is a lower risk of developing diabetes after a Frey’s procedure compared to pancreatic resection. The Frey’s procedure is more likely to result in permanent pain relief compared to other surgeries for chronic pancreatitis.

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