Purpose: The aim of surgical intervention for chronic pancreatitis (CP) is to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. However, the precise effect of surgery on the nutritional status of CP patients, which is often impaired by exocrine and endocrine pancreatic dysfunction, has not been elucidated. We conducted this study to evaluate whether Frey’s procedure improves the nutritional status of CP patients. Methods: The nutritional status of 35 patients who underwent Frey’s procedure for CP at our institute between April 2005 and December 2014, was assessed by the controlling nutritional status (CONUT) scoring before and 1 year after the surgery, and compared with that of seven CP patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy. The occurrence of postoperative hepatic steatosis was also monitored. Results: The nutritional status improved after Frey’s procedure, but not after pancreatoduodenectomy. The median postoperative CONUT score after Frey’s procedure was significantly lower than the preoperative score (1.0 ± 0.5 vs. 4.0 ± 2.5; p < 0.001). Conclusion: Frey’s procedure is superior to pancreatoduodenectomy for improving the nutritional status of CP patients.
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