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Preparing for Your Visit at the Pancreatitis Program

Our team at NYU Langone’s Pancreatitis Program prides itself on providing patients with the highest level of care. Knowing what to expect can take away some of the anxiety you may feel about treatment and surgery. 

Here is what to bring to your first visit, and what you need to know about surgery, from check-in to discharge. 

Your First Appointment

For your first appointment, please bring all contact information, including addresses and phone numbers, for your referring and primary care physicians, and any other specialists you’ve seen for this condition. Ask your doctors to fax all relevant medical records to us at 212-263-7511, or bring copies of these records with you.

Please bring or send CDs of relevant CT and MRI scans you’ve had to prevent us from repeating those tests. You can mail them to us at 530 First Avenue, Suite 6C, New York, NY 10016. 

Please make sure to bring a list of your current medications and dosages, including all over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, herbal remedies, and supplements. Include any medication allergies and your reaction to those medications. It is often helpful to bring a list of questions that you wish to ask your doctor during your visit.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete the required patient paperwork. The appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The physician asks you questions, performs a physical exam, and may order blood tests or a scan. You are always welcome to bring a family member or friend to your appointment. 

On the Day of Surgery

Please take the K elevator to the main operating rooms on the 6th floor of NYU Langone Medical Center at 530 First Avenue. After you check in, you see your surgeon and meet your anesthesiologist and surgical nurses.

After the procedure, you are cared for and monitored in the recovery room. Your healthcare team consists of your surgeon, nurses, physician assistants, residents, and medical students that closely monitor your progress and answer any questions you may have during your stay. A follow-up care plan is included with your discharge instructions.

Your length of stay in the hospital depends on your individual condition and the type of surgery you need, but patients usually spend 3 to 10 days in the hospital after pancreas surgery.

You may not be able to eat for several days after surgery, depending on how long it takes your stomach to return to normal. In the meantime, you are provided with nutrients through an intravenous (IV) infusion. Liquids and solids are gradually added back to your diet as you recover until you can tolerate them. After discharge, you need to avoid smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and eating fatty meals.