The Carepoint Health Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Disease and Surgery program is dedicated to providing the best care to Hudson County and New Jersey residents. The program is headed by Andrew de la Torre MD, FACS, with over 18 years of experience in surgery of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, management of cirrhosis, portal hypertension, and liver cancer care. Dr. de la Torre was the first surgeon to perform minimal access liver surgery in the state of New Jersey. For patients who have been told they are eligible for surgery, our program specializes in laparoscopic surgery in patients with cirrhosis. Dr de la Torre recently published "A Sling Technique For Laparoscopic Resection of Segment Seven of the Liver" in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery 2018 Apr-Jun; 22(2) In addition to advanced laparoscopic surgery, our program focuses on ways to improve early diagnosis of liver cancer. Our project "Electronic Health Record Year and Country of Birth Testing and Patient Navigation to Increase Diagnosis of Chronic Viral Hepatitis" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Through that project, over 1000 people were newly diagnosed with hepatitis C infection!

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Patients challenged with the most complex illnesses receive multidisciplinary care from our team, including medical oncologists, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, and interventional radiologists. This balanced approach provides comprehensive care to patients and the best results possible.

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 the patient's care is analyzed to ensure 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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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.

Dr. de la Torre provides advanced liver, pancreas and biliary surgery and care at Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital, and Hoboken University Hospital 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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