Minimally invasive pancreatic surgery lags behind the development of other fields of application of minimally invasive surgery. After a very slow development over the last two decades minimally invasive pancreatic surgery has currently gained wider acceptance especially in centers. This is due if nothing else, to the increasing availability of robotic assistance systems, which provide maneuverable instruments as well as a 3‑dimensional and enlarged view. Meanwhile, the technical feasibility for even complex pancreatic resections has been shown. This gives rise to the question whether laparoscopic or robotic techniques can generate equal or better results (evidence) with respect to perioperative morbidity, survival after oncological resection and the quality of life. As with all innovative techniques, which are implemented in surgery, the transferability to a wider audience, teaching methods and cost-effectiveness have to be evaluated. This article presents the current scientific evidence for laparoscopic and robotic pancreatic head and left-sided pancreatic surgery.
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)