Robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy in a case of duodenal gastrointestinal stromal tumor

World J Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec 4;12:372. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-12-372.


Background: Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy is rarely performed, and it has not been particularly successful due to its technical complexity. The objective of this study is to highlight how robotic surgery could improve a minimally invasive approach and to expose the usefulness of robotic surgery even in complex surgical procedures.

Case presentation: The surgical technique employed in our center to perform a pancreaticoduodenectomy, which was by means of the da Vinci™ robotic system in order to remove a duodenal gastrointestinal stromal tumor, is reported.

Conclusions: Robotic technology has improved significantly over the traditional laparoscopic approach, representing an evolution of minimally invasive techniques, allowing procedures to be safely performed that are still considered to be scarcely feasible or reproducible.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anastomosis, Surgical
  • Duodenal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Duodenal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors / pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Organ Sparing Treatments
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy / methods*
  • Prognosis
  • Pylorus
  • Robotics / methods*