Bypass surgery is surgery to treat your symptoms. It doesn’t remove the cancer.
- If the doctors start an operation to remove the cancer but find that it has spread, they can’t take it out. They may do bypass surgery to help your symptoms.
- You may have bypass surgery for a blocked duodenum if your cancer can’t be taken out by surgery.
- If you have a blocked bile duct and your cancer can’t be taken out with surgery, you will probably have a stent rather than bypass surgery.
When you have bypass surgery for a blocked bile duct, the surgeon cuts the bile duct above where it is blocked and fixes it to the small intestine. This gets around the blockage.
When you have bypass surgery for a blocked duodenum, the surgeon connects the stomach to the intestine, getting around the blockage.
Bypass surgery is a big operation, and it may take you two to three months to recover from the surgery. You may have some side effects after the surgery, like pain and tiredness. Speak to your doctor or nurse about side effects.