Laparoscopic uncinatectomy - a more conservative approach to the uncinate process of the pancreas


Rodrigo C. Surjan, MD, Tiago Basseres, MD, Fabio F. Makdissi, Marcel Autran Machado, MD, FACS, José Celso Ardengh, MD

ABCD Arq Bras Cir Dig 2017;30(2):147-149
DOI: /10.1590/0102-6720201700020015



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Background: The isolate resection of the uncinate process of the pancreas is a rarely
described procedure but is an adequate surgery to treat benign and low grade malignancies
of the uncinate process of the pancreas.

Aim: To detail laparoscopic uncinatectomy technique and present the initial results.

Method: Patient is placed in supine position with the surgeon
between legs. Three 5-mm, one 10-mm and one 12-mm trocars were used to perform the
isolated resection of the uncinate process of the pancreas. Parenchymal transection is performed with harmonic scalpel. A hemostatic absorbable tissue is deployed over the area previously occupied by the uncinate process. A Waterman drain is placed.

Result: This procedure was applied to an asymptomatic 62-year-old male with biopsy proven low grade neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreatic uncinate process. A laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy was proposed. During the initial surgical evaluation, intraoperative sonography was performed and disclosed that the lesion was a few millimeters away from the Wirsung. The option was to perform a laparoscopic uncinatectomy. Postoperative period until full recovery was swift and uneventful.

Conclusion: Laparoscopic uncinatectomy is a safe and efficient procedure when performed by surgical teams with large experience in minimally invasive biliopancreatic procedures.