Robotic Technique for Pancreaticoduodenectomy

  • Bhavin C. Shah
  • Amer H. Zureikat
  • Herbert J. ZehIII
  • Melissa E. HoggEmail author


While the robotic approach to pancreaticodudenectom is relatively new, this approach is not limited by many of the issues faced with the laparoscopic technique. There are better optics and imcreased maneverability, dexterity, abd precision with difficult tasks. Intial studies have confirmed the safety and feasibility of robotic pancreatocduodenectomy (RPD) and early reports have shown that outcomes are comparable to the open approach. At our institution, we frequently use laparoscopy for the intial mobilization steps, but complete the ajority of the resection and all of the reconstruction robotically. In this chapter, we describe our approach to RPD in detail with the necessary considerations for each step.


Pancreatic cancer Robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy Robotic whipple 

Supplementary material

Video 12.1

In this video, the surgeon demonstrates his approach to robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy. (WMV 236334 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bhavin C. Shah
    • 1
  • Amer H. Zureikat
    • 1
  • Herbert J. ZehIII
    • 1
  • Melissa E. Hogg
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Surgical OncologyUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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