Treatment will depend on the severity of the attack(s) and the frequency of the attack(s), as well as the level of pain and individual is experiencing. It is up the individual and his or her physician to find the a treatment plan that works best for their individual needs.
With Acute Pancreatitis, if no kidney or lung complication, pancreatitis usually will improve on its own. A hospital stay is almost always warranted in order to replace fluids intravenously. If pseudo-cysts occur and are considered large enough to interfere with the panreas’ healing, your doctor may drain or surgically remove them.
In sever cases, and individual may require intravenous feeding for 3-6 weeks or longer while the pancreas heals. For those individuals suffering from Chronic Pancreatitis, your doctor may want to look for genetic markers. There are several genetic markers that have been linked to HCP (Hereditary Chronic Pancreatitis). These include the PRSS1, PRSS2@, SPINK1 and CFTR genes.
Individuals with a genetic cause of pancreatitis may find that the only way to relieve their pain is to undergo surgery to remove the pancreas. Even when there isn’t a genetic link, it is important to remember, that what works for one individual may not work for another. There are several different procedures depending on the condition of the pancreas, the severity and frequency of the attack(s) and the age of the individual, etc. Talk with your doctor or GI Specialist to find a treatment that works best for you.
The following is a list of treatments, medications and surgical procedures commonly used to treat the pain associated with pancreatitis.