BioScience Trends. 2018;12(5):484-490. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2018.01236)

Total laparoscopic versus robot-assisted laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy.

Zhang YH, Hong DF, Zhang CW, Hu ZM


In this study, the clinical effectiveness of the robot-assisted laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (RPD) and Total laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy LPD were retrospectively reviewed. From December 2013 to September 2017, 20 patients underwent robot-assisted laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy and 80 patients underwent Total laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy. The clinical data of the RPDs and the first 20 LPDs were reviewed retrospectively. There is no difference in operative time, estimated blood loss, length of stay, and rates of complications and mortality between the LPD and RPD group. The next 10 cases in the RPD group had shorter operative times (p = 0.03) than the first 10 cases. The estimated blood loss and length of stay were also lower in the next 10 cases; however, these results did not reach statistical significance. Our results show that LPD and RPD are technically safe and feasible. Comparable results were demonstrated between the two groups, while the robotic system seemed to shorten the learning curve of minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD).

KEYWORDS: Laparoscopic, robotic, pancreaticoduodenectomy, learning curve

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