Areas of Expertise
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
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The Keck Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery offer a comprehensive multi-disciplinary program in pancreas, bile duct and liver cancers. Our team which includes medical oncologists, liver and pancreatic surgeons, radiologists and radiation oncologists offer state of the art treatment including neoadjuvant chemotherapy, Gamma knife radiation, minimally invasive surgical removal of liver and pancreas tumors, complex surgeries to remove tumors that are adherent to blood vessels and clinical protocols for patients with advance pancreas and liver cancers.
We specialize in open and laparoscopic Whipple operations. Studies have shown that for good outcomes from the Whipple surgery, the experience of the center and the surgeon is important. At USC we have performed more than 1000 Whipple procedures with excellent outcomes. We also specialize in complex operations required in patients with very large cancers of the liver and pancreas where the cancer is adjacent to or involving a major blood vessel. These types of operations are offered in very few centers in the United States. Our team works closely with Keck vascular surgeons to remove these tumors and reconstruct the affected blood vessels.
Our team also offers minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures for liver and pancreatic cancer and we have amongst the largest experience in the world for these procedures. Laparoscopic surgery offer much faster recovery and less complications compared to open surgery. We presently offer laparoscopic Whipple operation, pancreatic resections, enucleation of tumors and liver removal.
The USC Hepatoma program provides comprehensive treatment for liver cancer with specialists from different specialty including liver surgeons, liver transplant surgeons, medical oncologists, hepatologists and radiologists offering comprehensive treatment options that includes liver transplant, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, percutaneous and surgical radiofrequency ablation, intra-arterial chemotherapy and clinical trials.