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When should I have surgery for pancreatitis?

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If your pancreatitis is caused by gallstones or an obstructed bile or pancreatic duct, you may need surgery or have an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) done once your symptoms have subsided.

In an ERCP, a tube is inserted down your throat into your stomach and upper intestines to where your bile duct and pancreatic duct drain. A small incision is made to remove stones in the bile duct, or a plastic tube called a stent is put in the ducts to clear the obstruction.

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

Merck.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

Merck.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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