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.
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.
Chemotherapy is a non-surgical alternative to
laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy. An open distal pancreatectomy may be
performed as a surgical alternative.
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.
Complications from Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:
Possible risks following laparoscopic distal
pancreatectomy include infection, bleeding, bile leak and a negative reaction
to the anesthesia.
from Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:
Total recovery from
laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy takes six to eight weeks.