CMRI Breaks New Ground with Revolutionary Pancreatic Surgery in Kolkata

  • Successive Breakthroughs in Total Pancreatectomy

The Department of Gastro Sciences at CMRI has achieved a significant milestone by successfully performing two consecutive Total Pancreatectomies with splenic preservation in cases of Cancer in Pancreas. Dr. Ajay Mandal, a renowned GI & Hepatobiliary Surgeon, led the groundbreaking surgeries. Gastrointestinal and Hepatopancreatobiliary (GI & HPB) surgery is a specialized medical field focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the digestive system, liver, pancreas, and biliary system. GI specialists manage conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, and anus, including issues like inflammatory bowel diseases and gastrointestinal cancers. On the other hand, HPB deals with liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis, pancreatic conditions like pancreatitis and tumours, and disorders of the biliary system, including gallstones and bile duct cancers.

Cancer of the pancreas poses significant challenges due to the organ’s crucial functions and intricate anatomy, the removal of the entire pancreas and is a complex procedure often associated with increased risks and complications. However, preserving the spleen during this surgery is an innovative approach, that aims to enhance patient outcomes and quality of life post-surgery, when the same was done previously; the spleen had to be sacrificed on both occasions. Dr. Ajay Mandal, a skilled surgeon, led the team, that removed the whole pancreas but saved the spleen in these 2 operations. Both patients are doing well after the surgeries, the doctors are happy with how things went, the Anaesthesia Department for their seamlessness, and the team of nurses at CMRI for being instrumental throughout. These back-to-back surgeries are a big deal for CMRI and is the first of its kind in Kolkata, which shows that the doctors are finding better ways to help people with pancreatic cancer.
This achievement at CMRI marks a pioneering step in the field of pancreatic surgery, not only for the institution but also for Kolkata. The preservation of the spleen in Total Pancreatectomy could potentially reduce the long-term complications associated with pancreatic resection, providing a new avenue for improving the quality of life for patients with Cancer Pancreas.
This innovative approach not only reflects the department’s commitment to pushing boundaries and adopting cutting-edge techniques but also holds promising implications for enhancing patient outcomes. The achievements underscore CMRI’s position as a hub of medical innovation and excellence, showcasing a proactive stance in addressing complex cases and paving the way for continued advancements in the realm of pancreatic surgery. In CMRI’s Critical Care Unit, Clinical Excellence isn’t just a goal; it’s an enduring pledge. Powered by state-of-the-art technology and a team of dedicated professionals, they keep redefining the standards of excellence in critical care. Their commitment to precision and unwavering focus ensures that all their patients receive the highest level of care, setting new benchmarks every now and then.

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