Pancreatitis is where the organ called the pancreas, in the upper part of the abdomen, becomes inflamed and painful. This can cause a sudden onset of severe abdominal and back pain, and can range from a mild attack to life threatening. Usually management is supportive in hospital and only very rarely does surgery need to be performed on the pancreas organ itself. Gallstones and alcohol consumption are the most common causes for pancreatitis.
An ultrasound looking for gallstones is a necessary test to have done, as if gallstones are present, a keyhole operation to remove the stones (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) should be performed to prevent further and potentially serious gallstone pancreatitis attacks. Other tests can be performed looking for other causes if necessary.
Dr. Le Page regularly looks after patients with pancreatitis who present as an emergency to hospital, and has performed around a 1000 operations to remove the gallbladder, many of whom have had gallstone pancreatitis. He audits the outcomes of his operations to ensure the high quality. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.