People with disease of the pancreas can benefit from 'keyhole' surgery, according to a new study. Non-invasive - or 'keyhole' - surgery is increasing in popularity for a number of operations. It scores because there is no big scar and less time in hospital after the operation. Non-invasive surgery involves a tiny incision through which miniature instruments are inserted. The surgeon uses a computer screen as a guide through the operation.
It's an advance to use keyhole surgery on the pancreas. Doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, in New York City, describe 19 cases of this kind of operation involving patients with benign disease of the pancreas. There were very few problems, and a decreased stay in hospital for all of them. And there are ways of reducing complications - using different methods to heal the surgical wound.