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General and digestive surgery

Find all the surgical interventions, lectures, experts opinions, debates, webinars and operative techniques per specialty.
Laparoscopic partial splenectomy
A 39-year-old male patient was referred to our institution for a total laparoscopic splenectomy. The patient presented a CT-scan with a heterogeneous lesion in the lower aspect of the spleen. Two different hematologists-oncologists recommended a total splenectomy due the characteristics of the lesion. We discussed this recommendation during the oncological committee at our institution and due to the anatomical variation of the splenic artery and the absence of characterization of the lesion as 100% malignant, a laparoscopic partial splenectomy was decided upon with an intraoperative frozen analysis to determine if any further resection would be necessary. In this video, the authors present the technical aspects of a complex surgical resection.
D Awruch, M Grimoldi, M Blanco, R Sanchez Almeyra
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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05:28
Laparoscopic partial splenectomy
A 39-year-old male patient was referred to our institution for a total laparoscopic splenectomy. The patient presented a CT-scan with a heterogeneous lesion in the lower aspect of the spleen. Two different hematologists-oncologists recommended a total splenectomy due the characteristics of the lesion. We discussed this recommendation during the oncological committee at our institution and due to the anatomical variation of the splenic artery and the absence of characterization of the lesion as 100% malignant, a laparoscopic partial splenectomy was decided upon with an intraoperative frozen analysis to determine if any further resection would be necessary. In this video, the authors present the technical aspects of a complex surgical resection.
Laparoscopic splenectomy in a patient with cirrhosis and splenomegaly
Introduction
The first laparoscopic splenectomy was initially described more than 20 years ago. Hypersplenism associated with thrombocytopenia in cirrhotic patients could compromise quality of life and also limit therapeutic options such as interferon treatment.
Material and methods
We present the case of a 48-year-old woman with a history of parenteral drug abuse, HCV/HIV co-infection, cirrhosis (Child-Pugh B). Treatment with interferon and antiretrovirals must be discontinued for severe thrombocytopenia. As a result, laparoscopic splenectomy stands out as a therapeutic measure.
Results
In this video, we present a laparoscopic splenectomy approach in a cirrhotic patient with splenomegaly and hypersplenism in order to initiate interferon and antiretroviral treatment. It is possible to note the presence of collateral circulation, cirrhotic liver, and moderate splenomegaly (final spleen weight of 735 grams).
Conclusions
Laparoscopic access proves safe and effective in cirrhotic patients in order to extend the therapeutic managements of their underlying diseases. It can also improve the Child-Pugh score.
C Rodríguez-Otero Luppi, EM Targarona Soler, C Balagué Ponz, JL Pallarés Segura, M Trías Folch
Surgical intervention
5 years ago
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130 likes
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08:01
Laparoscopic splenectomy in a patient with cirrhosis and splenomegaly
Introduction
The first laparoscopic splenectomy was initially described more than 20 years ago. Hypersplenism associated with thrombocytopenia in cirrhotic patients could compromise quality of life and also limit therapeutic options such as interferon treatment.
Material and methods
We present the case of a 48-year-old woman with a history of parenteral drug abuse, HCV/HIV co-infection, cirrhosis (Child-Pugh B). Treatment with interferon and antiretrovirals must be discontinued for severe thrombocytopenia. As a result, laparoscopic splenectomy stands out as a therapeutic measure.
Results
In this video, we present a laparoscopic splenectomy approach in a cirrhotic patient with splenomegaly and hypersplenism in order to initiate interferon and antiretroviral treatment. It is possible to note the presence of collateral circulation, cirrhotic liver, and moderate splenomegaly (final spleen weight of 735 grams).
Conclusions
Laparoscopic access proves safe and effective in cirrhotic patients in order to extend the therapeutic managements of their underlying diseases. It can also improve the Child-Pugh score.
SILS single port splenectomy in a woman diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenia
Laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has become the technique of choice for surgical removal of the spleen since its first description in 1991. Indications for LS have rapidly increased and LS is now considered the standard approach for the treatment of benign and malignant hematologic disorders, especially by young patients who find small scars cosmetically preferable.
Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a rapidly evolving field as a bridge between traditional laparoscopic surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. In this video, we present an original technique of SILS splenectomy in a woman diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenia. A 2.2cm left subcostal incision lateral to the rectus muscles was used for the placement of the single port device with conventional laparoscopic instruments, using a Veress needle covered by a small sponge to lift the spleen that was removed through the same incision.
F Corcione, F Pirozzi, F Galante
Surgical intervention
6 years ago
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38 likes
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05:51
SILS single port splenectomy in a woman diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenia
Laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has become the technique of choice for surgical removal of the spleen since its first description in 1991. Indications for LS have rapidly increased and LS is now considered the standard approach for the treatment of benign and malignant hematologic disorders, especially by young patients who find small scars cosmetically preferable.
Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a rapidly evolving field as a bridge between traditional laparoscopic surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. In this video, we present an original technique of SILS splenectomy in a woman diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenia. A 2.2cm left subcostal incision lateral to the rectus muscles was used for the placement of the single port device with conventional laparoscopic instruments, using a Veress needle covered by a small sponge to lift the spleen that was removed through the same incision.
Single incision laparoscopic partial splenectomy for splenic hemangioma
Laparoscopy is now considered the "gold standard" approach for splenectomy when treating different benign and malignant diseases requiring the removal of the whole or part of the spleen.
During the last few months in both experimental and clinical settings, new techniques such as natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES™) and single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) or single port laparoscopic surgery (SPLS) have been attempted in order to reduce even more the surgical trauma in laparo-endoscopic procedures.
SPLS allows to perform different surgical procedures using the umbilicus as the only site to access the abdominal cavity and, by using special trocars and instruments, to carry out the operation using the same techniques and principles of standard laparoscopic surgery.
The video describes our personal technique for totally single incision partial splenectomy for the treatment of splenic hemangioma.
A 44-year-old woman complained with recurrent abdominal pain in the left hypochondrium and flank and was referred to our department.
Abdominal US as well as CT-scan images demonstrated the presence of a large cystic-like lesion at the lower pole of the spleen. It presented some septal division with the cyst. Blood tests were normal and all markers were negative.
Single incision partial splenectomy was performed with no complications and the patient’s postoperative course was uneventful.
L Boni, G Dionigi, M Di Giuseppe, E Colombo, L Giavarini, F Cantore, R Dionigi
Surgical intervention
8 years ago
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13 likes
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04:58
Single incision laparoscopic partial splenectomy for splenic hemangioma
Laparoscopy is now considered the "gold standard" approach for splenectomy when treating different benign and malignant diseases requiring the removal of the whole or part of the spleen.
During the last few months in both experimental and clinical settings, new techniques such as natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES™) and single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) or single port laparoscopic surgery (SPLS) have been attempted in order to reduce even more the surgical trauma in laparo-endoscopic procedures.
SPLS allows to perform different surgical procedures using the umbilicus as the only site to access the abdominal cavity and, by using special trocars and instruments, to carry out the operation using the same techniques and principles of standard laparoscopic surgery.
The video describes our personal technique for totally single incision partial splenectomy for the treatment of splenic hemangioma.
A 44-year-old woman complained with recurrent abdominal pain in the left hypochondrium and flank and was referred to our department.
Abdominal US as well as CT-scan images demonstrated the presence of a large cystic-like lesion at the lower pole of the spleen. It presented some septal division with the cyst. Blood tests were normal and all markers were negative.
Single incision partial splenectomy was performed with no complications and the patient’s postoperative course was uneventful.
Laparoscopic splenectomy for splenomegaly: anterior posterior approach and ‘hanged technique’
This video demonstrates a simple yet elegant technique for laparoscopic splenectomy which emphasizes the rotation of the table to obtain the best operative angle. The technique of splenic artery ligation in order to decompress the spleen and reduce its size is demonstrated. The supero-lateral attachments of the spleen are left intact until the very end in order to aid in its retraction. This approach is suitable for intermediate laparoscopic surgeons.

The author dissects the splenic artery out in the splenic hilum. Right-angle forceps enable vascular dissection and passage of a silk ligature around the splenic artery. The splenic vein is left intact. As the second phase of operation is completed, the table is rotated to the right for the third phase. In this phase, the author uses the posterior approach to divide the spleno-parietal attachments, then divides the lateral, inferior, and posterior attachments of the spleen with the harmonic scalpel. The spleen is liberated from Gerota’s fascia inferiorly and posteriorly, then gradually rotated anteriorly and to the right. Some cases may also require mobilization of the tail of the pancreas.
EM Targarona Soler
Surgical intervention
11 years ago
637 views
120 likes
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08:27
Laparoscopic splenectomy for splenomegaly: anterior posterior approach and ‘hanged technique’
This video demonstrates a simple yet elegant technique for laparoscopic splenectomy which emphasizes the rotation of the table to obtain the best operative angle. The technique of splenic artery ligation in order to decompress the spleen and reduce its size is demonstrated. The supero-lateral attachments of the spleen are left intact until the very end in order to aid in its retraction. This approach is suitable for intermediate laparoscopic surgeons.

The author dissects the splenic artery out in the splenic hilum. Right-angle forceps enable vascular dissection and passage of a silk ligature around the splenic artery. The splenic vein is left intact. As the second phase of operation is completed, the table is rotated to the right for the third phase. In this phase, the author uses the posterior approach to divide the spleno-parietal attachments, then divides the lateral, inferior, and posterior attachments of the spleen with the harmonic scalpel. The spleen is liberated from Gerota’s fascia inferiorly and posteriorly, then gradually rotated anteriorly and to the right. Some cases may also require mobilization of the tail of the pancreas.