Carolinas HealthCare System

Specialized Care From Expert HPB Surgeons  

At Carolinas HealthCare System, our skilled surgeons are committed to delivering exceptional care to treat diseases of the liver, pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder. This area of medicine is called Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary, or HPB Surgery.

  • Hepato means liver
  • Pancreato relates to the pancreas
  • The biliary system includes the gallbladder and bile ducts (thin tubes that go from the liver to the small intestine)

As one of the largest HPB programs in the country, we use the latest surgical techniques and technologies to help you get the best possible results. Because these are often highly complicated cases affecting multiple organs, our team works hand-in-hand with experts in other medical specialties, including oncologists, gastroenterologists, therapeutic endoscopists, interventional radiologists and hepatologists. This allows us to provide you with specialized and complete care.

Call Our Surgical Specialist

800-821-1535

Meet The Team

Why Choose Us for HPB Surgery Care?

  • Expert care. As leaders in the field, our HPB surgeons are nationally and internationally regarded. They are often sought after to teach surgeons at other health systems how to perform these procedures.
  • Experience. We’re one of the most experienced HPB teams in the nation, performing more HPB surgeries than most other centers in the nation and seeing more than 3,000 patients each year.
  • Innovation. Depending on your specific needs, our surgeons can use traditional open surgery, as well as progressive cutting-edge technologies to destroy cancers and minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures that result in less pain, fewer infections and a faster recovery overall.
  • Research. We oversee and take part in research aimed at developing new procedures and innovative technologies – studies that have and continue to move the field forward. Our clinical trials unit provides you access to some of the newest, most innovative treatments available for HPB-related conditions.
  • Patient-centered care. Our focus is on you and your needs. Our dedicated HPB team provides guidance and expert care across the continuum -- helping you to understand your diagnosis, make informed decisions about what treatment is best and supporting you throughout your recovery.
  • Complete support. Many of our patients take advantage of our custom education classes. Led by advanced care practitioners, these classes help you become an expert on your disease, your particular procedure and what to expect. You can also take advantage of other services that can support your recovery, including physical therapy, nutrition and counseling before and after your procedures.
  • Improved recovery. The HPB program is accredited by the International Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society and distinguished as the first Academic Center of Excellence in the United States.

HPB Conditions Treated

The most common conditions we treat include:

  • Benign (non-cancerous) tissue growth in the liver, pancreas, bile duct or gallbladder
  • Cancers of the liver, pancreas, bile duct or gallbladder
  • Neuroendocrine tumors (when certain cells develop into tumors)
  • Gallstones (hard particles that can develop and get lodged in the gallbladder)
  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Infections or abscesses (pockets of fluid or pus) 
  • Portal hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure in the large vein that brings blood from the intestine to the liver)

Complete HPB Surgical Care

Our program offers a wide range of treatment options, and we tailor care plans to your individual needs.

Treatments may include:

  • Ablation therapies that use heat usually delivered through a small tube to destroy tumors
  • Resections that are performed to cut out or remove diseased or damaged areas of the affected organ or organs. While these operations are often done through open surgery, we specialize in using minimally invasive approaches either using a robot or laparoscopically. Unlike open procedures, these techniques usually involve tiny video cameras and several small incisions.
    Some types of resections include:
    • Whipple procedure to take out part of the pancreas, gallbladder and intestine
    • Hepatectomies to remove a portion of the liver
    • Distal pancreatectomies to remove the bottom or tail of the pancreas
  • Irreversible electroporation (IRE) that uses pulses of electricity to poke holes in tumor cells in the pancreas and sometimes the liver to destroy the tumor

Our Locations

Morehead Medical Plaza
1025 Morehead Medical Dr.
Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-355-1813

Levine Cancer Institute
1021 Morehead Medical Dr.
Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28204
980-442-2000

For Providers

We work with you to ensure you receive the highest quality care available.

Together, we'll determine a personalized treatment plan based on your needs. And our referral coordinators will assist you in obtaining an appointment with the appropriate physician.

Refer a patient:

To refer a patient, call 704-355-1813 for non-cancer cases and 980-442-2000 for cancer cases.

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