Innovative technique for gastric retraction during laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy: the marionette.

Surjan RC, Makdissi FF, Basseres T, Machado MA

J Surg Case Rep2015 Dec 20;2015(12). doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjv157.



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Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomies became more common in the past few years as a safe and effective treatment option for benign and low-grade malignant tumors of the body and tail of the pancreas. Adequate exposure and wide operative field are crucial to perform this procedure, and this is achieved by retraction of the stomach with an angled liver retractor or a grasper through a subxiphoid trocar, that is usually used only to this purpose. We developed an innovative technique to retract the stomach during laparoscopic distal pancreatectomies that provides excellent operative field and frees the subxiphoid trocar to be used in other tasks during the surgery.