St Joseph's Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Disease and Surgery program is dedicated to providing the best care to New Jersey's residents. The program is headed by Dr. Andrew de la Torre, with over 15 years of experience in liver transplant, advanced surgery of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, management of portal hypertension, liver cancer care and running clinical trials. Patients challenged with the most complex illnesses receive thorough and comprehensive care. With over 10 years experience in Transplant Hepatology, Dr. Mahlia Ahmad is head of liver disease services at St. Joseph's. This bottom up, balanced approach to caring for patients prevents advanced disease, but also provides comprehensive care to patients with advanced disease.

As liver, pancreas and biliary surgery push into new frontiers, so does the technology needed to plan these complex procedures. Whether laparoscopic or open surgery, every possible detail of your care is analyzed to ensure your surgery is safe and effective.
3D reconstructed imaging is used to plan your surgery. No aspect of your care is taken for granted.

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For patients who have been told they are eligible for surgery, our program specializes in laparoscopic surgery in patients with cirrhosis.

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If surgery is not an option, our Interventional Radiology team offers Yttrium-90 Hepatic Artery Infusion, Hepatic Artery Embolization and Radio-Frequency Ablation to treat multiple types of cancers in the liver. For patients with liver cancer who are not eligible for liver transplant, we will work to treat your liver cancer and help you become transplant eligible. For patients with liver disease who fail medical management of ascites or gastroentestinal bleeding, our team regularly performs Transjugular Intrahepatic Porto Systemic Shunt (TIPS procedure) and surgical shunt.

For patients with advanced cancer of the liver and pancreas, cutting edge clincal trials are available, or are in the start up phase.

Each patient's care plan is discussed in depth at our bi-weekly multi-disciplinary care conference with surgeons, radiologists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.

Dr. de la Torre provides advanced liver, pancreas and biliary surgery and care at St Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson and Hackensack Medical Center. Our outpatient offices are located in Clifton and Hoboken New Jersey

Liver, pancreas and biliary procedures performed and illnesses treated include:

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Laparoscopic and open liver resection
Hepatoma/hepatocellular cancer
Metastatic cancers to the liver (colon, neuroendocrine, ovarian, etc.)
Gallbladder cancer
Benign tumors (adenoma, hemangioma)
Cysts (simple, complex and hydatid)

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Hepatic Artery Chemo-embolization
Yitrium-90 Hepatic Artery Infusion
Radio Frequency Ablation
Laparoscopic Whipple procedure, laparoscopic body and tail of pancreas resection
Cancer and cysts

Laparoscopic pancreatic cyst drainage and Puestow Procedure
Pseudocysts and pancreatic duct strictures
Bile duct resection and reconstruction
Bile duct injury
Bile duct stricture

Surgical Shunt
Complications of portal hypertension (bleeding and/or ascites)

Gastric devascularization (open and laparoscopic)
Complications of portal hypertension (bleeding)
Liver Transplant Evaluation
Patients can have their liver transplant evaluation performed locally, have their information compiled and sent with them to a transplant center.

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