Pancreas and Bile Duct Diseases

Pancreatitis and Gallstones

Duke gastroenterologists and surgeons treat pancreatitis, gallstones and related conditions, including narrowing or leaking in the ducts between the pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. We use sophisticated technology to pinpoint the cause of your abdominal pain and discomfort, and provide fast, effective treatment to minimize your risk for recurrent problems. Our goal is to return you to optimal health.

Jerry Adair experienced relief after undergoing minimally invasive surgery to repair his bile duct.

Effective, Prompt Care for Pancreatitis and Gallstones

Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting may be signs of pancreatitis -- an inflammation that swells the pancreas and prevents it from working properly. Acute pancreatitis needs immediate, effective treatment to prevent serious complications.

Our gastroenterologists specialize in the digestive system, and work closely with interventional radiologists and surgeons to treat pancreas and biliary disorders, including gallstones, which can block the bile duct and lead to pancreatitis, as well as jaundice -- a yellowing of the eyes and skin. Gallstones and other blockages require prompt treatment because they can cause a buildup of bacteria that can lead to serious infections. We also diagnose and manage cysts in the pancreas which may require ongoing monitoring as they can become infected, cause symptoms, or, in some cases, increase your risk for pancreatic cancer

We use sophisticated technology to evaluate your condition and recommend effective treatment to minimize your risk of more serious complications. 

Choose Duke for the treatment of your pancreatitis and bile duct disorders because we offer:

  • Diagnostic expertise. Pancreatitis and bile duct diseases can be difficult to treat. Our surgeons and gastrointestinal experts undergo advanced training and have years of experience treating simple and complex diseases of the pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. We can assess your concerns, identify your condition and deliver the most appropriate treatment quickly and effectively.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound experts. As leaders in this sophisticated high-definition imaging technology, we diagnose and treat diseases of the pancreas and bile duct at the earliest possible stage.
  • Collaborative care. We work closely with surgeons, cancer specialists and imaging experts to carefully review your tests, and make the most effective recommendations to meet your treatment needs. 
  • Specialists in abdominal imaging. Our radiologists are experts in using the most advanced diagnostic imaging tools available to pinpoint your condition and determine the best course of treatment. 



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