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Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

Posted On: 07-21-2015
Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

What is Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy?

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy involves the removal of the end of the pancreas. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes a laparoscope (a small video camera) and small instruments inserted through small incisions.

Also Known As:

·         Resection of the pancreas

·         Partial pancreas removal

·         Laparoscopic surgery

Conditions Treated with Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy may be performed in cases of injury, pancreatic pseudocysts, chronic pancreatitis and cancer of the tip of the pancreas.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:

Chemotherapy is a non-surgical alternative to laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy. An open distal pancreatectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:

Possible risks following laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy include infection, bleeding, bile leak and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Recovery from Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:

Total recovery from laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy takes six to eight weeks.

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