What is Laparoscopic Pancreas Surgery?

Laparoscopic pancreas surgery allows candidate patients to minimize some of the standard risks and discomfort associated with a standard open operation. Laparoscopic surgery is typically performed using 3 or 4 half-inch or one-inch incisions, sparing patients a large incision. Fine surgical instruments are used to carve out a tumor or remove an entire section of the gland, after the nearby blood vessels are controlled.

The deep and central location of the pancreas in the abdomen, coupled with its “wet sponge” texture, make it a unique organ for surgeons to conquer. Adding to the complexity of pancreas surgery, the pancreas lacks a capsule, or covering, and is thus prone to bleed or leak juices with even a small degree of rough handling. For these reasons, we recommend that pancreas surgery be performed by a specialist who is familiar with standard tissue handling techniques for the pancreas.

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