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Hepatogastroenterology. 2014 Mar-Apr;61(130):493-6.

Comparison of standard laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy with minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy using the da Vinci S system.



Minimally invasive procedures for pancreatic pathologies are increasingly being used, including distal pancreatectomy. This study aimed to assess the indications for and outcomes of the da Vinci distal pancreatectomy procedure.


We reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent pancreatic head resection from April 2009 to September 2013. Four patients (mean age, 52.7 years) underwent da Vinci distal pancreatectomy and 10 (mean age, 68.0 +/- 12.1 years) underwent laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy.


The mean surgical duration was 292 +/- 153 min and 306 +/- 29 min, the mean blood loss was 153 +/- 71 mL and 61.7 +/- 72 mL, and the mean postoperative length of stay was 24 +/- 11 days and 14 +/- 3 days in the da Vinci distal pancreatectomy and laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy groups, respectively. One patient who underwent da Vinci distal pancreatectomy developed a pancreatic fistula, while 2 patients in the laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy group developed splenic ischemia and gastric torsion, respectively.


Laparoscopic and robotic pancreatic resection were both safe and feasible in selected patients with distal pancreatic pathologies. Further studies are necessary to clarify the role of robotic surgery in the advanced laparoscopic era.

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