Robotic-assisted minimally invasive central pancreatectomy: technique and outcomes Journal Article

Authors: Abood, G. J.; Can, M. F.; Daouadi, M.; Huss, H. T.; Steve, J. Y.; Ramalingam, L.; Stang, M.; Bartlett, D. L.; Zeh, H. J., 3rd; Moser, A. J.
Article Title: Robotic-assisted minimally invasive central pancreatectomy: technique and outcomes
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Central pancreatectomy is a definitive treatment for low-grade tumors of the pancreatic neck that preserves pancreatic and splenic function at the potential expense of postoperative pancreatic fistula. We analyzed outcomes after robot-assisted central pancreatectomy (RACP) to reexamine the risk-benefit profile in the era of minimally invasive surgery. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of nine RACP performed between August 2009 through June 2010 at a single institution. RESULTS: The average age of the cohort was 64 (range 18-75 years) with six women (67 %). Indications for surgery included: five benign cystic neoplasm and four pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Median operative time was 425 min (range 305-506 min) with 190 ml median blood loss (range 50-350 ml) and one conversion to open due to poor visualization. Median tumor size was 3.0 cm (range 1.9-6.0 cm); all patients achieved R0 status. Pancreaticogastrostomy was performed in seven cases and pancreaticojejunostomy in two. The median length of hospital stay was 10 days (range 7-19). Two clinically significant pancreatic fistulae occurred with one requiring percutaneous drainage. No patients exhibited worsening diabetes or exocrine insufficiency at the 30-day postoperative visit. CONCLUSIONS: RACP can be performed with safety and oncologic outcomes equivalent to published open series. Although the rate of pancreatic fistula was high, only 22 % had clinically significant events, and none developed worsening pancreatic endocrine or exocrine dysfunction.
Journal Title: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Volume: 17
Issue: 5
ISSN: 1873-4626
Publisher: Unknown  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2013
Start Page: 1002
End Page: 1008
Language: eng
Notes: ID: 13077; JID: 9706084; 2012/04/03 [received]; 2012/12/19 [accepted]; 2013/01/17 [aheadofprint]; ppublish