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Epublication, Mar 2019;19(03). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/fc01en48

Focus on minimally invasive and robotic hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery

Surgical intervention
Laparoscopic Frey's procedure with management of intraoperative complication
This is the case of a 61-year-old lady presenting with recurrent abdominal intractable pain she has been suffering from for the last 7 years. Multi-slice CT (MSCT) revealed pancreatic calcifications from 1 to 5-8mm and dilatation of the main pancreatic duct in the body of the pancreas up to 4mm. The patient underwent laparoscopic local resection of the pancreatic head combined with a longitudinal Roux-en-Y pancreaticojejunostomy, a technique known as Frey's procedure. It is recognized as an effective therapeutic option for the surgical treatment of patients with persistent pain caused by chronic pancreatitis.
After fashioning the posterior wall of the pancreaticojejunal anastomosis, we faced an intraoperative complication such as a volvulus of the Roux limb causing serious ischemia of the limb. We were forced to remove all previous sutures in order to untwist the Roux limb. The pancreaticojejunostomy was started anew afterwards.
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate that Frey's procedure can be performed in a minimally invasive fashion, which provides all the well-known advantages of this approach. We demonstrate that even a serious intraoperative complication such as a volvulus of the Roux limb can be managed without conversion. Our center has an experience of over 30 laparoscopic Frey's procedures. However, this is the first case where we encountered this complication and we believe this is an experience worth sharing.
Yet, we would like to underline that this approach should be used by highly skilled minimally invasive surgeons with an experience in intracorporeal suturing, which is the most challenging stage in Frey's procedure.
Laparoscopic Frey's procedure with management of intraoperative complication
P Agami, A Andrianov, V Shchadrova, M Baychorov, R Izrailov
1 month ago
Surgical intervention
Laparoscopic central hepatectomy using a Glissonian approach for hepatocellular adenoma
A 32-year-old asymptomatic female patient presented an incidental finding of a liver mass during pregnancy. The mass grew during pregnancy, and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of hepatocellular adenoma. On MRI, a hypodense 7 by 6.1cm mass with adipose infiltration was identified. Previously, it was a 5.8 by 5.1cm mass, located in liver segments IV, V, and VIII inferiorly.
The cystic duct and its artery were ligated. However, the gallbladder was kept in place for traction. After dissection of the anterior pedicle, a linear stapler was applied. The right lobe was mobilized and the right transection line was made according to the ischemia line of the anterior sector.
During the liver transection of segment IVB, the pedicle was identified, and linear stapling helped to control it. The parenchymal transection was performed with an ultrasonic scalpel and bipolar cautery. The liver surface of the anterior sector was demarcated and transected. Both the left and the right plane of transection were inferiorly joined. The middle and right hepatic vein branches were stapled.
The specimen was mobilized. Argon beam and bipolar forceps provided the hemostasis. The specimen was removed via a Pfannenstiel’s incision and a drain was placed. The duration of the procedure was 345 minutes. The estimated blood loss was 1200mL.
The patient was discharged from the intensive care unit on postoperative day 1 and from hospital on postoperative day 4. No complication was noted in 90 days. Pathological findings showed a mass of 10.7 by 8.4 by 4.8cm. The lesion represented a hepatocellular adenoma with negative margins.
Laparoscopic central hepatectomy using a Glissonian approach for hepatocellular adenoma
R Araujo, D Burgardt, V Vazquez, F Felippe, MA Sanctis, D Wohnrath
1 month ago
Surgical intervention
Robotic distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy
This is the case of a 73-year-old asymptomatic female patient who presented with an incidental pancreatic lesion on CT-scan. Her previous medical history was relevant for systemic lupus erythematosus. On the CT-scan, a single hypervascular lesion in the arterial phase was identified in the distal pancreas. The lesion size was 3.1 by 3.3 by 4.3cm. Neither suspicious nodes nor distant metastases were found. The patient was considered to be ASA2 and ECOG0.
The patient was placed in a reverse Trendelenburg position. A 12mm port was placed in the umbilicus for the camera, and three 8mm ports were inserted to accommodate the robotic arms, and another 12mm auxiliary port was used.
The greater curvature of the stomach was released from the transverse colon to expose the supramesocolic area. The neck of the pancreas was dissected close to the splenic-mesenteric confluence. The inferior mesenteric vein opening to the splenic vein was identified, clipped and cut. The splenic artery was dissected, clipped and cut close to the celiac trunk. A stapler was placed in the neck of the pancreas and it was safely stapled. The splenic vein was dissected close to the confluence, and then clipped and cut. The distal pancreas and splenic ligaments were cut and . detached. The specimen was removed using a Pfannenstiel’s incision.
The duration of the procedure was 255 minutes. The estimated blood loss was 100mL. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 5 and no complication was observed over a period of 90 days. Pathology confirmed the presence of a neuroendocrine tumor (grade 2) as a 4cm single lesion and negative margins. One positive node was detected among 10 nodes harvested.
Robotic distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy
R Araujo, MA Sanctis, F Felippe, D Burgardt, D Wohnrath
1 month ago

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