Laparoscopic left pancreatectomy with spleen preservation for a suspicion of IPMN
Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2010;10(02). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2864
Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is suitable for benign and premalignant neoplasms located in the body and tail of the pancreas. Spleen preservation following distal pancreatectomy is known to be safe. There are two distinct approaches to preserve the spleen during the dissection of the distal pancreas. The classic design is to identify, isolate, and preserve the splenic artery and vein. Alternatively, the splenic artery and vein are ligated with the pancreas, and perfusion of the spleen is assured by the short gastric vessels. Both are accepted as appropriate techniques to address a mass in the tail of the pancreas. This video demonstrates a left pancreatic resection with spleen preservation and ligation of the splenic artery and vein.