The Role of Robotics in Pancreatic Surgery
The role of minimally invasive surgery in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic pathologies, although fully evolved, remains controversial and the subject of lively scientific discussions. Despite a growing number of documented studies clearly showing the safety and feasibility of minimally invasive procedures, their advantages and tremendous value to patients, with respect to staging, palliation and therapy of pancreatic pathologies, are still far from obvious. Traditional open surgery is considered the standard procedure both for treatment and palliation, while the laparoscopic approach is reserved for a small number of patients and performed only by a selected group of highly skilled surgeons. Robotic surgery, a genuine improvement to current conventional laparoscopic interventions, may broaden the applications of minimally invasive surgery and thereby extend its indications.
KeywordsPancreatic Surgery Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy Hepatoduodenal Ligament Conventional Laparoscopy Robotic Assistance
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