Published: 2021-04-28

Two port laparoscopic retroperitoneal pancreatic necrosectomy: improvement in morbidity and mortality with a less invasive approach

Vinay H. G., Ramesh Reddy G., Shwetha Chandra R., Merin Mary, Kiran Kumar


Background: Severe pancreatitis is associated with a high rate of mortality even with advanced surgical care and practices worldwide. Morbidity and mortality rates are much higher in the presence of infected pancreatic necrosis. From open necrosectomy, simple percutaneous drainage or one of several minimal access approaches, the question of optimal or best treatment is yet debatable. Step-up approach is currently practised by many physicians. We describe our technique of early drainage by minimal invasive two-port laparoscopic retroperitoneal pancreatic necrosectomy in our centre.

Methods: Thirteen consecutive patients with proven infected pancreatic necrosis were treated by 2P-LRPN over a two-year period in the setting of a teaching hospital. The median patient age was 44 years (range: 28-66 years) and 10 of the patients were male.

Results: The median time to discharge following the procedure of 14 days (range: 08-21 days). There was no mortality and the morbidity rate was 37%, consisting mainly of pancreatic fistula (37%).

Conclusions: Two-port laparoscopic retroperitoneal pancreatic necrosectomy is an effective and minimally invasive procedure which had better outcomes with improved patient morbidity, shorter hospital stay and lesser complication rate. Early intervention with necrosectomy has better patient compliance.


Acute necrotising pancreatitis, Minimally invasive surgery, Pancreatic necrosectomy

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