Hellenic Journal of Surgery

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 9–15 | Cite as

Minimally Invasive Retroperitoneal Approach for Pancreatic Necrosectomy via a Percutaneous Drainage Tract

  • AA Polydorou
  • EV Pantiora
  • A Vezakis
  • P-T Arkoumanis
  • CJ Psichogios
  • EA Kontis
  • Georgios P Fragulidis
  • G Polymeneas
Original Article



Infected pancreatic necrosis (IPN) develops in approximately one third of patients with necrotizing pancreatitis (NP). In the past, open necrosectomy (ON) was the standard treatment for this condition, but it carried significant morbidity and mortality. Currently, minimally invasive procedures (MIPs) have been established for the management of IPN, decreasing the risk of complications compared with ON.


A prospective study was made of patients with IPN treated by a MIP for necrosectomy via a percutaneous drainage catheter, followed by video-assisted retroperitoneal debridement (VARD).


Between 2013 and 2016, 3 consecutive patients, with a mean age of 58 years, underwent a MIP for the management of IPN. All 3 patients had left lateral retroperitoneal pockets of necrosis, and the first-line procedure consisted of placement of a pigtail catheter. The drain tract was subsequently used to carry out VARD. None of the patients presented major postoperative complications or required re-intervention.


The management of IPN has shifted away from ON, which was associated with high morbidity, towards less invasive techniques. MIPs should be used initially as the surgical treatment of choice in most cases. When this is not feasible, or when the MIP is not successful, ON should be implemented.


Walled-off pancreatic necrosis minimally invasive necrosectomy infected pancreatic necrosis step-up approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • AA Polydorou
    • 1
  • EV Pantiora
    • 1
  • A Vezakis
    • 1
  • P-T Arkoumanis
    • 1
  • CJ Psichogios
    • 2
  • EA Kontis
    • 1
    • 3
  • Georgios P Fragulidis
    • 1
  • G Polymeneas
    • 1
  1. 1.2nd Department of Surgery, “Aretaieio” Hospital, School of MedicineNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.1st Department of Radiology, “Aretaieio” Hospital, School of MedicineNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Institute of Liver StudiesKing’s College HospitalLondonUK

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