Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Pancreatic cancers now being treated with less invasive robotic surgical system

Date:
February 11, 2014
Source:
Loyola University Health System
Summary:
The Whipple procedure, used to remove tumors from pancreatic cancer patients, is one of surgery’s most extensive and challenging operations. Now, surgeons are using a minimally invasive robotic surgical system to perform the surgery.

The Whipple procedure, used to remove tumors from pancreatic cancer patients, is one of surgery's most extensive and challenging operations.

Now, surgeons are using a minimally invasive robotic surgical system to perform the surgery.

Loyola University Medical Center is among the first hospitals to perform the Whipple procedure with a robotic system. Loyola also recently became one of the first hospitals to use the robotic system for rectal cancer surgery.

The Whipple procedure, also called a pancreatoduodenectomy, treats pancreatic cancer. It involves removal of the head of the pancreas, the gall bladder, the duodenum (first section of the small intestine), the common bile duct and sometimes part of the stomach. The surgeon then reconstructs the digestive tract.

Conventional open surgery requires an incision 8 to 10 cm. long or longer. The robotic system requires only a 3 cm. incision, plus a few incisions less than a centimeter wide. This less invasive approach could result in faster recovery, less pain, less blood loss, less stress on the immune system and fewer pain medications.

Sam Pappas, MD, and Gerard Abood, MD, partners in the Division of Surgical Oncology, recently used the robotic system to perform a Whipple procedure on a patient who had a precancerous tumor that was discovered after an attack of pancreatitis. The patient went home after six days and likely is cured.

Dr. Pappas and Dr. Abood also are using advanced, minimally invasive and robotic techniques for other tumors of the pancreas, liver, bile duct, esophagus and stomach. The goal is to allow the potentially safest and fastest recovery and to enable the patient to resume additional cancer therapies.

Dana Hayden, MD, recently used the robotic system to perform an abdomioperineal resection on a patient with an extremely low rectal cancer. Dr. Hayden removed the patient's anus, rectum and sigmoid colon. She then created a stoma (opening), in which waste can be removed from the body.

The specimen was removed through the perineum. Only five small abdominal incisions -- between 5 mm and 1 cm -- were needed. The patient went home after four days, and is doing very well.

The robotic surgery is less invasive than open surgery -- the largest incision is only 1 cm. long. And it provides dramatically better visualization during deep pelvic operations, Dr. Hayden said.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Loyola University Health System. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Loyola University Health System. "Pancreatic cancers now being treated with less invasive robotic surgical system." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 February 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140211093949.htm>.
Loyola University Health System. (2014, February 11). Pancreatic cancers now being treated with less invasive robotic surgical system. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 25, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140211093949.htm
Loyola University Health System. "Pancreatic cancers now being treated with less invasive robotic surgical system." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140211093949.htm (accessed July 25, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Friday, July 25, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) The FDA approved Targiniq ER on Wednesday, a painkiller designed to keep users from abusing it. Like any new medication, however, it has doubters. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctor At Forefront Of Fighting Ebola Outbreak Gets Ebola

Doctor At Forefront Of Fighting Ebola Outbreak Gets Ebola

Newsy (July 24, 2014) Sheik Umar Khan has treated many of the people infected in the Ebola outbreak, and now he's become one of them. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

AFP (July 24, 2014) America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail. Duration: 00:55 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can Watching TV Make You Feel Like A Failure?

Can Watching TV Make You Feel Like A Failure?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) A study by German researchers claims watching TV while you're stressed out can make you feel guilty and like a failure. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

    Health News

      Environment News

        Technology News



          Save/Print:
          Share:

          Free Subscriptions


          Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

          Get Social & Mobile


          Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

          Have Feedback?


          Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
          Mobile: iPhone Android Web
          Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
          Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
          Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins