Oncologists may recommend pancreatic cancer surgery to determine the cancer stage, treat cancer, or provide relief from symptoms in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer (palliative care). Several types of surgeries may be performed depending on the severity and location of pancreatic cancer."Surgical Oncology"
The complications include pancreatic fistula, ischemic gastropathy (gastric disease due to reduced or absent blood supply), delayed gastric emptying, hepatic infarction (damage to liver cells due to reduced blood supply), and intra-abdominal hemorrhage.
The advantages include reduced risk of marginal ulceration (ulcer at gastrojejunal anastomosis), postoperative dumping (rapid transport of food, especially rich in sugar, from the stomach to the small intestine), and bile reflux gastritis.