Although not part of the digestive tract, the pancreas and biliary
system (gallbladder and bile ducts) play important roles in digestion.
The pancreas, which is located behind the stomach, secretes juices that
help digest carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The biliary system stores
and transports bile, a digestive fluid that helps to break down fats and
rid the body of waste.
Pancreatic and biliary diseases can be complex problems to diagnose and
treat. Until recently, the pancreas and biliary system could not be
closely examined using endoscopic techniques. However, advances in
diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy have made it possible to offer more
precise diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment options for these
potentially serious and often painful disorders.
Why Choose Lankenau?
Lankenau Medical Center offers cutting-edge capabilities in the
diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and biliary diseases. Our physician
team is dedicated to excellence and offers expertise in all advanced
medical, endoscopic, radiologic, and surgical treatments currently
available. Whenever possible, minimally invasive treatments are
Specialized services include:
Diagnostic and interventional endoscopic ultrasound, including
fine needle aspiration biopsy and evaluation of pancreatic cysts
Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde
cholangiopancreatography, including sphincter of Oddi manometry,
cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy, sphincteromy, stone removal,
stent placement, balloon (stricture) dilation, and drainage of
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreagraphy
Percutaneous drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts
Genetic testing for inherited causes of pancreatitis
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.