The pancreas is a long, flat, pear-shaped organ located behind the stomach. It makes digestive enzymes and hormones, including insulin.

The Pancreas
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This is surgery to remove the pancreas. In this procedure, all or part of the pancreas can be removed. In some cases, other nearby structures may also be removed, such as:

  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Part of the stomach or small intestine
  • Nearby lymph nodes

This procedure is done to treat certain health conditions, such as pancreatic cancer or pancreatic necrosis due to pancreatitis.