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Frontiers of Medicine

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Front Med    2011, Vol. 5 Issue (3) : 277-282     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-011-0147-5
Laparoscopic surgery for pancreatic lesions: current status and future
Taiping Zhang, Xiao Du, Yupei Zhao()
Department of General Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China
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Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery has been gaining increasing recognition in recent years, and its practice has increased despite its highly complex procedure and longer learning curve compared with surgeries for other abdominal organs. Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy and tumor enucleation are two of the fastest-growing techniques and are currently in wide use because of their comparable technical simplicity. Literature review showed that laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy and enucleation are safe and efficient approaches for benign and low-degree malignant tumors; however, the indication for malignant tumors remains controversial. Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy is practiced in a limited number of surgical centers and presented as case reports or in small series. Although its feasibility was demonstrated by many surgeons, whether the laparoscopic procedure can achieve benefits comparable to or even more prominent than those of an open procedure has not been clinically proven. Prospective, randomized, controlled trials of laparoscopic operation versus open pancreatic surgery are necessary to justify the wide application and routine practice of the laparoscopic procedure for pancreatic lesions.

Keywords minimally invasive surgery      pancreatic surgery      pancreatic neoplasm      distal pancreatic lesions      pancreatic fistula     
Corresponding Authors: Zhao Yupei,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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