What to Expect
Whether you have come to MUSC at the start of your journey or you have been referred to us because of the expert care we provide for diseases of the pancreas, you can expect us to coordinate your medical care and make everything as simple as possible for you and your family.
A clinical coordinator who specializes in helping patients diseases of the pancreas, including chronic pancreatitis, will streamline all aspects of the process and help ensure collaboration with your primary care provider. Your care will involve a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals who specialize in treatment of pancreatic diseases and who can draw on the greater resources of MUSC, one of the nation's top academic medical centers. Yet, you will be served through one location at the Ashley River Tower - where MUSC's Digestive Disease Center is housed.
Chronic pancreatitis may be treated through a variety of measures - abstaining from alcohol, nutritional support, replacing digestive enzymes with supplements and pain control measures.
Otherwise, MUSC performs a variety of surgeries to address issues related to chronic pancreatitis or other problems involving the pancreas. When possible, these surgeries are performed through minimally-invasive laparoscopy.
Some non-surgical procedures may be done through ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), in which a flexible endoscope is guided through the patient's mouth and digestive system to the bile and pancreatic ducts.