Article Abstract

Robotic vascular resections during Whipple procedure

Authors: Bassan J. Allan, Stephanie M. Novak, Melissa E. Hogg, Herbert J. Zeh

Abstract

Indications for resection of pancreatic cancers have evolved to include selected patients with involvement of peri-pancreatic vascular structures. Open Whipple procedures have been the standard approach for patients requiring reconstruction of the portal vein (PV) or superior mesenteric vein (SMV). Recently, high-volume centers are performing minimally invasive Whipple procedures with portovenous resections. Our institution has performed seventy robotic Whipple procedures with concomitant vascular resections. This report outlines our technique.