Da Vinci® Surgery
da Vinci® Pancreatectomy (Cancer)
Treatment for Pancreatectomy
Finding out you have cancer may be one of the hardest things you’ve faced. That’s why it’s important to learn the facts about your condition before choosing the best path forward.
Know Your Options
Surgery to remove cancer in the pancreas is called a pancreatectomy. Surgery can be done using open surgery (through one large open incision) or minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.
If your doctor suggests surgery, minimally invasive surgery may be an option for you. If so, ask about da Vinci® Surgery.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate through a few small incisions (cuts), like traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A 3D HD view inside your body
- Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision and control
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
Risks & Considerations Related to Pancreatic Surgery (removal of all/part of the pancreas): inflamed pancreas, leak of pancreatic or bile juices, narrowing or leaking at the spot where the pancreas is connected to the bowel, injury to the spleen or bowel, insufficient pancreatic function (for example, diabetes), diarrhea, poor stomach emptying.
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Important Safety Information
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.
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