Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2016;16(06). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enwalz009
In this video, Professor Martin Walz provides an overview of laparoscopic splenectomy. Since the first laparoscopic splenectomy in 1991, the procedure has become increasingly precise. The main indications for laparoscopic splenectomy are hypersplenism, splenomegaly, and associated diseases. Splenomegaly (> 20-25cm or > 1,000g) is the main contraindication. Immunization is essential for splenectomy. The patient is either placed in a left decubitus position with a 45-degree rotation or in a right decubitus position with a 90-degree rotation. The main steps of laparoscopic splenectomy are briefly demonstrated in this video. Laparoscopic splenectomy is the gold standard in small tumors with lower blood loss, low morbidity and mortality with a shorter hospital stay.