The majority of people treated for acute pancreatitis at NYU Langone make a full recovery. However, some people may develop chronic pancreatitis if symptoms are not controlled through lifestyle modifications. Regular follow-up visits can help your doctor monitor the success of your treatment and prevent further damage to the pancreas.
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People with chronic pancreatitis have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Doctors may recommend regular screening with an endoscopic ultrasound, in which an endoscope—a flexible tube with a light and an ultrasound probe on the end—is used to obtain detailed images of the pancreas and surrounding organs. Your doctor can determine a screening schedule based on your family history of pancreatic cancer and your personal medical history.
Our specialists also offer comprehensive genetic testing services for people who may have a hereditary form of pancreatitis. Sometimes, pancreatitis that has no known cause can be linked to a rare gene mutation. If testing confirms this, NYU Langone doctors offer genetic counseling and can recommend lifestyle changes or medical treatment to help you stay in good health.
Doctors at NYU Langone’s Pancreatitis Program provide comprehensive care for people requiring surgery for pancreatitis. They collaborate with specialists in other disciplines to provide ongoing support.
In addition, NYU Langone offers other supportive services for people with pancreatitis.
An integral part of treating pancreatitis is eliminating foods that cause inflammation in the pancreas or that may contribute to the development of gallstones, a common cause of acute pancreatitis. Registered dietitians and nutritionists at NYU Langone can help you create a diet plan that minimizes symptoms and puts less stress on the pancreas.
Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing gallstones, which can contribute to pancreatitis or cause a recurrence. Specialists at NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program can develop an individualized weight loss plan to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Alcohol abuse is one of the most common causes of acute and chronic pancreatitis. NYU Langone provides psychological therapy to help you recover from addiction to alcohol or other substances.
Studies have found that people with pancreatitis who smoke have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs can help you quit for good.
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