The treatment of pancreatic pseudocysts by laparoscopic drainage: Endoluminal and lesser sac techniques

C. A. Weiss, Adrian E. Park

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Abstract

A variety of approaches are now available to drain pancreatic pseudocysts (PP) when indicated. In addition to open surgery, endoscopic, laparoscopic, intra-luminal, and percutaneous techniques are available as therapeutic options to facilitate drainage of mature symptomatic PP. The laparoscopic lesser sac technique is appealing since it relies on a secure stapled anatomosis, provides an adequate sized cystgastrostomy to facilitate drainage, and utilizes minimally invasive techniques to diminish operative morbidity and expedite return to normal activities. Short-term follow-up data suggest that this approach is feasible, effective and reproducible. Long-term studies demonstrating the efficacy of laparoscopic drainage of PP using the lesser sac technique are needed to validate these early favorable outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-307
Number of pages5
JournalMinimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies
Volume11
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Pancreatic pseudocysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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