Robotic Distal Pancreatectomy
Of all pancreatic resection procedures, distal pancreatectomy is considered the least complicated. As such, it is often used as an entry procedure to get into the pancreatic surgery arena. For pancreatic surgeons, it is also an ideal introductory procedure to learn minimally invasive pancreatic surgery. In this chapter, the author described in details distal pancreatectomy techniques using the Si daVinci Robotic Surgical System platform. The initial preparations, especially the positioning of the robot and ports, are especially emphasized since they are important factors determining the success or failure of the surgery.