Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Central Pancreatectomy: Technique and Outcomes

Gerard J. Abood, M. Fatih Can, Mustapha Daouadi, Harold T. Huss, Jennifer Y. Steve, Lekshmi Ramalingam, Michael Stang, David L. Bartlett, Herbert J. Zeh, A. James Moser

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1002-1008
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Minimally invasive
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Robotics
  • Surgical procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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