What services does the UC Health Pancreatic Disease Center offer that I cannot find elsewhere?
Research has proven that patients have better outcomes when treatment is received from a facility that specializes in pancreatic diseases verses a general hospital or general physician. Their morbidity and mortality rates are lower. The center is one of three facilities in the United States nationally recognized medical center for total pancreatonomy with autologous islet cell transplantation. Our facility is one of a select few that offer specialized clinical trial related to pancreatic diseases and pancreatic cancer. Additionally, our nursing staff, physicians, and surgeons have been nationally recognized for outstanding patient care.
Can I begin treatments with UC Health after going somewhere else?
Yes, you may receive treatment from our facility after going somewhere else. It is strongly suggested to start your treatments with The UC Pancreatic Disease Center. Studies have shown that patients who receive treatment and surgery at a facility that specializes in the specific medical problem that they are being treated for have a lower rate of mortality. This lower mortality rate means a better outcome for the patient. Our specialists have expertise in all types of pancreatic diseases and receive ongoing education and training to keep them at the cutting edge of today’s treatment.
Do I have to come to my appointments alone?
Absolutely not. You are welcome to bring a spouse, family member, or friend. Support is very important during these times. Also, you will be receiving significant amounts of new information during your visit. Having someone attending your appointments with you can be helpful. They can help remember questions, assist in remembering the information shared, and most importantly, be there for you.
What types of treatments are typically done on an outpatient basis?
Normally, lab work, radiology, and endoscopy testing or treatments are outpatient services. These services are administered in the UC Health Physicians Office or University of Cincinnati Medical Center. With some treatments and procedures, you may require sedation. You may have to spend time in recovery for observation after these treatments or procedures are complete. Most of these procedures are done as an outpatient, meaning you will be able to leave after the recovery period. When should I expect to stay overnight? If you will be having surgery you should expect to stay overnight. You will stay in University of Cincinnati Medical Center after your surgery. If you are traveling from out of town, there are several hotels that offer family members reduced rates for accommodations.