Pancreas Care Center

The Sakra Pancreas Care Center , a specialized subdivision of Sakra Institute of Digestive and HPB Sciences , aims to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to patients suffering from acute or chronic pancreatic disorders. We wish to create a center of excellence for clinical care and research for our patients, through a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pancreatic diseases.

We have a team of gastroenterologists, pancreatic surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and chronic pain physicians. Each physician has a dedicated interest in providing optimal clinical care to patients suffering from pancreatic diseases and its related symptoms. The team works together, using all available resources, to offer customized treatment plans to every patient, taking into account all facets of the disease and its symptoms.

Our doctors have years of clinical expertise in treating acute and chronic pancreatic conditions and are well versed in the challenges and issues faced by the patients in these conditions.

  • To develop a center with a comprehensive approach to treatment by a multidisciplinary team of specialists who will assess the risk, current disease status, and appropriate therapeutic interventions.

  • To provide individualized treatment plans to the patients.

  • To offer all modalities of treatment, such as advanced endoscopic and interventional treatments, surgical treatment, depending upon the disease status.

  • To develop an awareness and educational program for the patients and their families.

  • To maximize outcomes for patients with pancreatic disease.

Diseases of the pancreas are complex and require highly specialized care delivered by a dedicated team of physicians, surgeons and interventional radiologists. Every case is discussed and evaluated by a team of specialists. Each new as well as follow up patient is discussed at our weekly conference, every Wednesday morning. Experts from surgery, gastroenterology, diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, medical oncology, meet our clinical care coordinators to develop and execute plans, to achieve the best possible outcomes. Our approach is collaborative, team based and patient focused.

Acute or recurrent pancreatitis
Acute pancreatitis is a disease with a wide spectrum of clinical presentations ranging from mild, self-limiting disease to severe disease requiring prolonged hospitalization, multiple interventions and even death. Severe pancreatitis may lead to damage of the pancreas with resultant dysfunction. The mission of PCP is to provide care during acute episodes with diagnosis and appropriate intervention and treatment. The multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, pancreatic surgeons, interventional radiologists and intensive care team will fulfill that vision based on their expertise and vast experience in managing these problems.

Chronic pancreatitis
Chronic pancreatitis is a debilitating disease of the pancreas leading to severe complications and long term endocrine (Diabetes) and exocrine (malabsorption and weight loss) dysfunction. The key is in early diagnosis, recognizing and treating complications early and managing the endocrine and exocrine dysfunction. Treatment options for chronic pancreatitis varies from medical treatment to endoscopic treatment with breaking up of stones and stenting to surgical procedure. The team of specialists decide the best treatment option for the patient based on their disease and pancreas status. These patients require long term follow up and management which can be provided under one roof.

Pancreatic Cancers and Periampullary cancers
These cancers are complex problems to manage due to their location and close relationship to various vital structures including the bile passage and major veins and arteries of the body. A multidisciplinary (pancreatic surgeon, gastroenterologist, medical oncologist, interventional radiologist, pathologist) approach is ideal to plan the treatment strategy for these patients. Localised disease is best treated by surgery and advanced disease can be palliated by endoscopic or radiological interventions. The PCP aims to bring all the experts under one umbrella to provide the best treatment option for the patient.

Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas
These are unique and lesser known tumors of the pancreas but are now more and more recognized and diagnosed. The management of these tumors requires a multidisciplinary approach for formulating an appropriate therapeutic strategy including surgery, biologic therapy and /or chemotherapy. These are slow growing tumors which require careful follow up over a long period of time. The specialists at the PCP are experts in the management of these unique tumors.

Cystic Tumors of the Pancreas
Cystic lesions of the pancreas are now being detected due to ready availability and conduct of imaging in patients with non-specific symptoms. Cystic lesions of the pancreas are due to a variety of conditions ranging from pseudocyst after pancreatitis, simple cysts, benign cystic lesions and cysts with malignancy or with malignant potential. These patients therefore pose a challenge in terms of correct diagnosis and then formulating a treatment strategy. The center has all the expertise, experience and tools (multidetector CT, 3.0 Tesla MR, endosonography) to manage these patients.

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