Rare Robotic Surgery Performed to Treat Woman with Pancreatic Tail Tumour

by Iswarya on Nov 30 2020 10:31 AM

Rare Robotic Surgery Performed to Treat Woman with Pancreatic Tail Tumour
Mauritius women with a pancreatic tail tumor were successfully treated with complex robotic surgery in Delhi-NCR.
According to the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram, a whole-body PET CT scan was conducted on presentation.

It revealed that, in addition to large uterine fibroids (eight centimeters in size), there was a mass on the tail of the pancreas - an uncommon and rare occurrence.

An endoscopic ultrasound-guided needle biopsy confirmed that the tumor was benign. However, it had to be removed as it had the potential to become malignant.

"The surgery of the pancreatic tail tumor is one of the most complex robotic surgeries. Most patients who undergo this surgery are prone to developing complications," Dr. Niranjan Naik, Director Surgical Oncology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, said in a statement.

Up to 4 percent of patients have the risk of mortality, one of the highest in the world.

"We conducted two surgical procedures in the same general anesthesia in one sitting - a distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy and a total abdominal hysterectomy," Naik added.

Both the surgical procedures were managed robotically through a few tiny keyholes.

"Our approach worked, and the patient has recovered well without any post-operative complications," Naik said.

According to the hospital, pancreatic tumors can form within the pancreas' head, body, and tail. Most of these tumors are malignant or have malignant potential.

"The patient has recovered well, and there have been no post-operative complications," said Dr. Ritu Garg, Zonal Director, Fortis Memorial Research Institute.