Robotic resection of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor

W. Scott Melvin, B. J. Needleman, K. R. Krause, E. C. Ellison

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Computer-assisted surgical devices, or "surgical robots," have recently been approved for general surgical use. The device allows the surgeon remote control of multi-articulated instrument arms with a three-dimensional view. Here we report the first known case of pancreatic resection with use of a computer-assisted, or robotic, surgical device. A 46-year old woman presented with back pain and a complex cystic mass in the tail of the pancreas. The daVinciTM surgical robot was used to remove the lesion en bloc with the tail of the pancreas and spleen. The patient did well and returned to full activity promptly. In summary, robotic technology may enhance advanced laparoscopic procedures. Pancreatic resection is feasible, and future experience will determine the true benefits of this technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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