Long-term follow-up of thoracoscopic splanchnicectomy for chronic pancreatitis pain

@article{Maher2001LongtermFO,
  title={Long-term follow-up of thoracoscopic splanchnicectomy for chronic pancreatitis pain},
  author={James W. Maher and Frederick C. Johlin and Debra S Heitshusen},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy},
  year={2001},
  volume={15},
  pages={706-709}
}
Background: Thoracoscopic splanchnicectomy (SPL) has been reported to give excellent short-term pain relief in chronic pancreatitis. This study prospectively evaluates the long-term efficacy of SPL in pancreatitis patients. Methods: Chronic pancreatitis patients with severe pain unrelieved by standard therapy completed a standard 10-point analogue pain scale prior to surgery and at postoperative visits. Midline and left-sided pain was treated with left SPL; right-sided pain was treated with… CONTINUE READING