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Minimally Invasive Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 197429, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Single-Port Laparoscopic Spleen Preserving Distal Pancreatectomy

1Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Surgical Cluster, National University Hospital, Singapore 119228
2Minimally Invasive Surgical Centre, Department of Surgery, National University Hospital, Singapore 119228

Received 16 November 2011; Accepted 21 November 2011

Academic Editor: Luigi Boni

Copyright © 2012 Stephen K. Y. Chang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Single-port laparoscopic surgery has become increasingly popular, with widened indication to more types of surgery. This report will present our initial experience with spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy technique through a small transumbilical incision using the single-port approach for a cystic tumor of pancreatic body. The surgery was done using specialized single-port instruments and normal laparoscopic instruments. The total operative time for this surgery is 233 minutes, and it was completed without drains. Patient was discharged from the hospital on the third day postoperatively in good condition.