Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy Using Single-Port Platform: Technique, Safety, and Feasibility in a Clinical Case Series.


Machado MA, Surjan RC, Makdissi FF

J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A.2015 ;25(7):581-5



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A novel technique using a single-incision laparoscopic approach has been described for several laparoscopic procedures. The aim of this article is to describe our experience with an alternative technique for laparoscopic distal pancreatectomies using a single-port platform.


We have performed this procedure on 20 patients with pancreatic tumors in the pancreatic body or tail. A transumbilical incision is performed, and a single-incision platform is introduced. The stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall to expose the pancreas. This technique uses an additional 5-mm trocar in the left quadrant, ultimately used for drainage after the end of the procedure.


The median operative time was 176 minutes, and the hospital stay was 2 days. Mortality was 0%, and morbidity was 20%; 4 patients developed grade A pancreatic fistula. During follow-up (median, 11 months), no patient developed an incisional hernia. The cosmetic appearance of the incision was excellent in all cases.


Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy using a single-port platform is feasible and can be successfully performed by surgeons with experience in pancreatic and advanced laparoscopic surgery.