Basic principles of laparoscopic pancreatectomy
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
In this case, after completing the pancreatic head resection and fashioning the distal and proximal pancreaticojejunal anastomosis, a hepaticojejunostomy was performed. It was necessary due to the stenosis of the intrapancreatic segment of the common bile duct.
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate that the laparoscopic Beger procedure is safe and feasible, and provides all the well-known advantages of the minimally invasive approach, particularly lower postoperative pain, earlier functional recovery, and shorter hospital stay.
Laparoscopic Beger procedure with Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy
Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy with venous reconstruction
A spleen-preserving total laparoscopic pancreatoduodenectomy was proposed. The procedure was uneventful and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 5. Pathology revealed a 19mm IPMN, with severe dysplasia and 3 foci of micro-invasive ductal adenocarcinoma of 1mm - pT1N0R0.
Spleen-preserving total laparoscopic pancreatoduodenectomy
A 71-year old female patient was admitted with a pancreatic neck lesion detected by abdominal ultrasound performed for mild epigastric pain she has been suffering from for 3 months prior to admission. Her past medical history is significant for right nephrectomy performed 25 years ago. The patient stated that she had an acquired cystic kidney disease, but no medical records were available to confirm that. A multidisciplinary investigation was performed. Pancreatic protocol CT-scan revealed a 2.5cm hyper-enhancing round-shaped tumor, located within the pancreatic neck. The patient had no carcinoid syndrome, and levels of PNET specific markers (Chromogranin A, NSE, Insulin, 5-HIIA) were not elevated. CA 19-9 and CEA levels were also normal. The tumor was [111In]-octreotide negative on octreotide scan. As a result, a non-functioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor was suspected considering its CT-scan characteristics.
A laparoscopic pancreatic enucleation was planned with possible central pancreatectomy in case the enucleation would turn out to be unfeasible. The attempt to perform enucleation failed due to intensive bleeding from an intrapancreatic vessel, unclear borders of the tumor, and high risk of postoperative pancreatic fistula formation. It was decided to continue the surgery with central pancreatectomy.
The postoperative course was complicated by a postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) grade B (according to the ISGPF classification), which was managed successfully using interventional percutaneous drainage. Final histopathological examination revealed a clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) metastatic lesion to the pancreas. A CT-scan performed 2 years after the surgery revealed no signs of disease progression. The pancreaticojejunostomy shows no signs of obstruction. The patient has neither exocrine nor endocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
The purpose of the video is to demonstrate the feasibility of laparoscopic central pancreatectomy, which is an organ-preserving procedure and is accompanied with better long-term results.
Laparoscopic central pancreatectomy for renal cell carcinoma metastasis