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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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Minimally invasive pancreatic surgery. A review

Isacco Damoli
Giovanni Butturini
Marco Ramera
Salvatore Paiella
Giovanni Marchegiani
Claudio Bassi

Videosurgery Miniinv 2015; 10 (2): 141–149
Online publish date: 2015/07/07
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During the past 20 years the application of a minimally invasive approach to pancreatic surgery has progressively increased. Distal pancreatectomy is the most frequently performed procedure, because of the absence of a reconstructive phase. However, middle pancreatectomy and pancreatoduodenectomy have been demonstrated to be safe and feasible as well. Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is recognized as the gold standard treatment for small tumors of the pancreatic body-tail, with several advantages over the traditional open approach in terms of patient recovery. The surgical treatment of lesions of the pancreatic head via a minimally invasive approach is still limited to a few highly experienced surgeons, due to the very challenging resection and complex anastomoses. Middle pancreatectomy and enucleation are indicated for small and benign tumors and offer the maximum preservation of the parenchyma. The introduction of a robotic platform more than ten years ago increased the interest of many surgeons in minimally invasive treatment of pancreatic diseases. This new technology overcomes all the limitations of laparoscopic surgery, but actual benefits for the patients are still under investigation. The increased costs associated with robotic surgery are under debate too. This article presents the state of the art of minimally invasive pancreatic surgery.

laparoscopy, robotic surgery, robot-assisted surgery, pancreatic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, pancreatectomy

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