What are the treatment options for chronic pancreatitis?

Treatment for chronic pancreatitis usually requires hospitalization. In order to let the pancreas rest, the individual will not be able to eat or drink and will probably be given fluids, pain medication, and nutrition through a vein, or IV. As the inflammation subsides, clear liquids and bland foods may be eaten. The doctor will try to determine the cause of the chronic pancreatitis. Surgery to open a closed bile duct, to remove dead tissue, to remove the gallbladder, or to drain fluid from the pancreas, may be performed. For those who abuse alcohol, treatment for alcohol addiction will be recommended. To help aid further recovery, stop smoking, eat a low-fat diet, and make sure to drink plenty of water.

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