Pancreatitis Pancreatitis is the redness and swelling of the pancreas. It may be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). Mild cases will go away without treatment, but severe cases may require surgical procedures to address the underlying cause of your pancreatitis. The pancreas is a long, flat gland tucked behind the stomach in your upper abdomen. It is tasked with producing enzymes and hormones. The enzymes help with digestion and the hormones regulate the way your body processes sugar. Pancreatitis is a result of those digestive enzymes activating while still in the pancreas. Pancreatitis can be caused by alcoholism, gallstones, abdominal surgery, family history, pancreatic cancer, certain medications, cigarette smoking, high levels of calcium or fat particles in the blood and cystic fibrosis, as well as other causes. Depending on the cause of your pancreatitis, an Inspira surgeon may recommend surgery to drain fluid or remove diseased tissue from your pancreas. If gallstones are causing your pancreatitis, it may be necessary to remove gallstones or your gallbladder altogether (cholecystectomy). In any case, a skilled Inspira surgeon can treat your pancreatitis from one of our convenient South Jersey facilities. Left untreated, pancreatitis can cause serious complications, including infection, kidney failure, breathing problems, diabetes, malnutrition and pancreatic cancer. Make an appointment with an Inspira doctor if you have persistent or severe abdominal pain by calling 1-800-INSPIRA. Why Choose Inspira for Pancreatic Surgery? Sophisticated Surgical Experiences Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities have received national recognition and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons ready to guide you on your road to recovery. Our highly-skilled surgical team has been providing the region with state-of-the-art robotic surgeries since 2010. Minimally invasive robotic surgeries are designed to minimize scarring and speed up recovery time, so you can get back to your daily routine quicker, and with less pain. Strength of the Network There’s no reason to travel outside of South Jersey when skilled surgeons are operating right in your community. With more than 150 access points, you can have confidence in the robust community hospital care offered at Inspira. You can trust that you’re getting the best possible care to treat your pancreatitis. Respected Surgical Leaders Inspira’s surgical team has the expertise, experience and credentials to pass on their knowledge to the surgical leaders of tomorrow. The General Surgery Residency Program is a model of excellence for medical education, research and patient care in a community-based atmosphere. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses provide skillful, compassionate care to everyone that comes to our operating rooms.