Johns Hopkins surgeons have developed a minimally invasive surgery to address chronic pancreatitis, a painful condition that can be remedied by removing the pancreas.
While some cases of chronic pancreatitis are caused by alcoholism, most come from a genetic mutation. But sufferers are often written off as alcoholics or drug addicts because they use opioids to manage the pain, said Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Many of them, often men in their 20s and 30s, can have trouble eating and holding down a job because they’re in severe pain.
"The people that come to us with a gene mutation that is no fault of their...