Overview of the Hepatobiliary Surgery Program
The Hepatobiliary Surgery Program at Cleveland
Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive Disease Institute provides specialized treatment
for diseases of the liver, bile duct, gallbladder, and pancreas. Surgery on
these organs of the gastrointestinal tract is referred to as
hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery.
Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery are often
complex and require a team of highly specialized surgeons specifically trained
in hepatobiliary surgery and surgical oncology.
What We Treat
The hepatobiliary surgery team at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi are experts
in the management of complex liver, biliary, and pancreatic diseases. The
Hepatobiliary Surgery Program treats a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Pancreatic pseudocysts
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cancer of the gall bladder
Common symptoms of hepatobiliary and pancreatic
system conditions include:
- Pain in the upper abdomen
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling of abdomen
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Diagnosis & Treatment
The team at the Hepatobiliary Surgery Program at
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive Disease Institute are highly trained
specialists who are experts in treatment and surgery for diseases of the
hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems.
Diagnosis for Hepatobiliary Surgery
Patients referred to the hepatobiliary team at
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will meet surgeons for an initial consultation. This
will involve a discussion of symptoms and medical history. Following this
initial consultation, diagnostic tests are necessary before a definitive
diagnosis can be made.
Tests can include:
- Biopsy: A procedure used to collect a sample of abnormal tissue growth. This sample is tested for cancerous cells.
- Ultrasound: An imaging procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of organs inside the body. These images are used to detect disorders and conditions of the liver, bile, duct, gallbladder, and pancreas.
- CT scan: An imaging procedure that uses an x-ray tube to take images from many different angles. These images are used to detect injury and/or disease in the liver, bile duct, gallbladder, and pancreas.
- MRI: An imaging procedure that uses a magnetic field to produce images of the soft tissues of the body and the organs. These images are used to diagnose diseases of the liver, bile duct, gallbladder, and pancreas; and lesions of the liver.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): A procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube to examine the health of the pancreas and bile ducts.
Treatment with Hepatobiliary Surgery
At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Hepatobiliary
Surgery Program, a multidisciplinary team of surgeons work together to develop
the best treatment plan for each individual patient. Hepatobiliary surgeons are
skilled and experienced in traditional open surgery techniques as well as
minimally invasive techniques, like laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
Candidates for minimally invasive, robotically-assisted procedures can benefit
from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s leading expertise in this field with
surgeries that result in smaller scars, faster recovery, reduced pain, and less
need for pain medication.
Hepatobiliary Surgery Program Caregivers
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi applies a
multidisciplinary, Patients First approach to providing the best treatment for
patients. This means that each patient’s condition is analyzed and treated by a
team of specialists in the same facility, as opposed to the patient having to
visit multiple hospitals. Caregivers involved in patient care within the
Hepatobiliary Surgery Program are:
- Hepatobiliary surgeons
- Advanced/therapeutic endoscopists
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