Innovative Treatment Options Tailored to the Patient

When it comes to pancreatic cysts and other gastrointestinal conditions, expert evaluation is vital to accurately diagnose the nature of the cyst, and then determine the best course of treatment for the individual patient.

At Hoag, our multidisciplinary team of experts includes academic-level pancreatic surgeons, medical oncologists, hepatologists and radiologists who work together to thoroughly review and determine the best treatment option suited to each individual patient.

The Hoag-USC team then carefully tailors a personalized treatment plan to effectively achieve the best possible outcome for the patient. This emphasis on a collaborative, comprehensive approach to patient-centered care is why Hoag patient outcomes rank are among the nation’s best.


Treatment for Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm and other types of pancreatic cysts depends on the type of cyst and where in the pancreas it’s located. In general, surgical removal of the cystic tumor is recommended if there are additional worrisome findings associated with the cyst.

When it comes to advanced surgical care, the Hoag-USC surgical team performs more complex pancreatic surgeries than any other surgical program in Southern California including state-of-the-art procedures that may not available at most centers. Being a high-volume hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgical program enables the gastrointestinal experts at Hoag to achieve a technical skill level not all facilities can match.

Some of the advanced surgical options for treating Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm include:

  • Wedge Resection of the Pancreas is a conservative surgical approach in which the cystic tumor(s) is removed along with a small surrounding margin of healthy tissue. Wedge resection of the pancreas is preferred since only small amounts of tissue are removed during this procedure. In addition, Hoag-USC Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases routinely provides laparoscopic wedge resection for patients with pancreatic cystic tumors, which provides many benefits to patients including less pain and a quicker return to daily activities.
  • Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy (Robotic-Assisted Pancreatectomy) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where the body and tail of the pancreas is removed along with the spleen. This procedure is most frequently performed in patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. However, Hoag-USC Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases routinely provides laparoscopic spleen-preserving pancreatectomy for patients with pancreatic cystic tumors and neuroendocrine tumors.‚Äč
  • The Whipple Operation involves resection (removal) of the head of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder and the duodenum. Occasionally, a portion of the stomach may also be removed. The Whipple Operation is often used to treat patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, although it may be recommended for some patients with benign disorders such as chronic pancreatitis and benign tumors of the head of the pancreas.

The Most Advanced Treatment Options Are Now Available in Orange County!

When it comes to seeking out the most advanced, academic-level hepatobiliary and pancreatic care, there is no longer any need to travel long distances. The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers the latest in state-of-the-art diagnosis and leading-edge treatment options that may not be readily available at other centers, including participation in clinical trials that helps to bring advanced care to even more patients.

Perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of Hoag’s advanced treatment of hepatobiliary and pancreatic conditions is that in each and every case, treatment is always specifically tailored to the meet the unique needs of the individual patient.

Expert Care You Can Trust!

The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic care, providing access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively with Hoag-affiliated gastroenterologists and medical oncology specialists to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s committed to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.

To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag pancreatic care expert, visit Meet the Team, or call us at: 949-764-5350.