Hospital da Luz Performs for the First Time Laparoscopic Spleen-Preserving Distal Pancreatectomy

On March 7, it was performed for the first time at Hospital da Luz, by Professor Dr Rui Maio and his team, a laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy.

The patient had insulinoma at the tail of the pancreas, a rare tumor that produces insulin and which was responsible for the several hypoglycemic episodes occurred. The intervention took about two hours with no incidents reported and the patient was released from hospital four days into the postoperative period, with no symptoms and normal levels of glycemia. In this intervention, it was possible to preserve the spleen, with great benefit for the patient, namely a better resistance to certain infectious agents.

Overall, the major benefits of minimally invasive surgery for patients are less postoperative pain, stronger immune response, faster general recovery, quicker return to work, less incidence of infection, less incidence of incisional hernia and less noticeable scars.

In distal pancreatic resection, minimal invasive surgery can also be performed with benefits for the patient.