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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v14.i1.20
10 pages

Laparoscopic Approach to Pancreatic Disease

Adrian Park
Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. University of Kentucky . Associate Professor . University of Kentucky College of Medicine 800 Rose Street, Room C344 Lexington KY 40536-0298
Gina L. Adrales
Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

ABSTRACT

Minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of pancreatic disease have been revolutionary and provide clinical evidence of decreased morbidity and comparable efficacy to traditional, open surgery. Although the use of other laparoscopic solid organ procedures has outdistanced therapeutic laparoscopy of the pancreas, the advent of laparoscopic pancreatic surgery preceded the general use of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the popularity of other solid organ procedures. This article describes four main applications of laparoscopic pancreatic procedures, which are staging of pancreatic cancer, palliative bypass procedures for pancreatic cancer, resection of benign and malignant pancreatic disease, and pancreatic drainage procedures.