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Multivisceral robotic resection: a glimpse into the future of minimally invasive abdominal surgery
  1. Anantha Shreepad Bhat1,
  2. Alexia Farrugia1,2,
  3. Gabriele Marangoni1,2 and
  4. Jawad Ahmad1,2
  1. 1Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands, UK
  2. 2General and Hepatobiliary Surgery, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK
  1. Correspondence to Anantha Shreepad Bhat; ananthabhat0603{at}


A 62-year-old man was referred to the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgeons with left upper quadrant discomfort. The initial investigations and CT scans revealed a tumour in the pancreatic tail with liver metastases, confirmed on MRI. It was initially thought to be an adenocarcinoma; however, further investigations found that it was a grade 1 neuroendocrine tumour with Ki 67 at 1% and it was agreed that he would undergo a total robotic surgery involving resection of the locally advanced tumour of the tail of pancreas, with the involvement of the stomach, and splenic flexure of the colon with liver metastases. The resulting procedure was a total robotic distal pancreatectomy, splenectomy, sleeve resection of stomach, cholecystectomy, atypical resection of two liver lesions and microwave ablation of multiple liver lesions. Four days post-operatively, he was discharged from hospital and commenced adjuvant chemotherapy. He currently enjoys a good quality of life.

  • biliary intervention
  • cancer intervention
  • gastrointestinal system
  • pancreas and biliary tract
  • endocrine cancer
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  • Contributors ASB and AF wrote the manuscript. JA and GM reviewed the manuscript and the literature, and performed the operation.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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