UW Health Liver and Pancreas Surgeons in Madison, Wisconsin are experts in the surgical management of pancreas disorders.
Pancreatic pseudocysts are a special type of problem that occurs in the setting of pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas itself. These are not truly cysts, but are collections of pancreatic debris and fluid that can at times need to be treated with surgical drainage.
The procedure to treat pancreatic pseudocysts involves opening the pancreatic cyst, cleaning out the cavity and sewing it to an opening in the small intestine, called cystjejunosotmy. This can be done laparoscopically or in an open fashion depending on the specifics of the case.