Pancreatectomy is the removal of all or portions of the pancrease. A pancreatectomy can be total or distal:
- Total pancreatectomy: This operation removes the whole pancreas, part of the stomach, part of the small intestine, the common bile duct, the gallbladder, the spleen, and nearby lymph nodes.
- Distal pancreatectomy: Surgery to remove the body and the tail of the pancreas. The spleen may also be removed if cancer has spread to the spleen.
Pancreatectomy is often used to treat pancreatic cancer.