Ultrasound guided minimally invasive pancreatic enucleation is intended for some benign (ex. IPMNs of secondary ducts) or low malignancy (ex. secreting endocrine tumours) lesions remote from the main pancreatic canal.
The surgery involves the resection of one or more pancreatic lesions while removing only the immediately surrounding pancreatic tissue. The approach allows to preserve the pancreatic parenchyma, minimising the risk of diabetes or of post-operative exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
Postoperative recovery is usually rapid but often complicated by the development of a pancreatic fistula.