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Completely intracorporeal handsewn laparoscopic anastomoses during Whipple procedure

G Dapri, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS, Hon FPALES, Hon SPCMIN, Hon BSS, Hon CBCD, Hon CBC NA Bascombe, MD L Gerard, MD C Samaniego Ballar, MD C Jiménez Viñas, MD
Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2017;17(05). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4957

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Background: Since 1935, the Whipple procedure was described, using conventional open surgery. With the advent of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), it was reported to be feasible also using the latest technology. In this video, the authors demonstrate a full laparoscopic Whipple procedure, performing the three anastomoses using an intracorporeal handsewn method.

Video: A 70-year-old man presenting with an adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater, infiltrating the pancreatic parenchyma, underwent a laparoscop ic Whipple procedure. Preoperative work-up showed a T3N1M0 tumor.

Results: Total operative time was 8 hours 20minutes; time for the dissection was 6 hours 20 minutes; time for specimen extraction was 20 minutes, and time for the three laparoscopic intracorporeal handsewn anastomoses was 1 hour 40 minutes. Operative bleeding was 350cc. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 9. Pathological findings confirmed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater, with perinervous infiltration and lymphovascular emboli, free margins, 2 metastatic lymph nodes on 23 isolated; 7 edition UICC stage: pT4N1.

Conclusions: The laparoscopic Whipple procedure remains an advanced procedure to be performed laparoscopically and/or using open surgery. All the advantages of MIS such as reduced abdominal trauma, less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stay, improved patient’s comfort, and enhanced cosmesis are offered using laparoscopy.