Long-term Results of Frey's Procedure for Chronic Pancreatitis: A Longitudinal Prospective Study on 40 Patients

Massimo Falconi, Claudio Bassi, Luca Casetti, William Mantovani, Giuseppe Mascetta, Nora Sartori, Luca Frulloni, Paolo Pederzoli

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Only limited prospective data are available regarding the long-term outcome of local resection of the pancreatic head in combination with longitudinal pancreaticojejunostomy in patients with chronic pancreatitis. From 1997 to 2001, 40 patients affected by chronic pancreatitis were subjected to the Frey's procedure. Preoperative selection criteria included confirmed diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis, dilation of Wirsung's duct to a diameter greater than 6 mm, and the absence of obstructive chronic pancreatitis secondary to fibrotic stenosis at the pancreatic body or tail. Preoperative pain was present in 38 cases (95%), and follow-up was performed in all patients at least once yearly up to 2003 (median 60 months, inter percentile range 20.1-79.6). Postoperative morbidity occurred in three cases (7.5%). The percentage of pain-free patients was 94.7%, 93.7%, 87.5%, and 90% at 1, 2, 3, and 4/5 years after surgical operation, respectively. After surgery, three patients developed diabetes. Both the body mass index and quality of life showed statistically significant improvements at all follow-up intervals. Whenever surgery is indicated, the short-term and long-term outcomes confirm that Frey's procedure is an appropriate means of management for patients with chronic pancreatitis in the absence of doubts of neoplasia and/or distal ductal obstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-510
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Frey's procedure
  • pancreaticojejunostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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