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Invited Commentary
Innovation in Safety: Safety in Innovation
May 2015

Challenges of Minimally Invasive Pancreas Surgery Growth With Such a High Learning Curve

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Colorado, Aurora

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JAMA Surg. 2015;150(5):423. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.32

Minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy (MIPD), defined as laparoscopic or robotic surgery, has been slow to develop compared with operations on other organs.1 Approximately 100 years after the first pancreaticoduodenectomy, MIPD is found to be safe, have potential oncologic advantages, and has been a large technical advance in our abilities.2,3 Despite continued skepticism, a select group of institutions, including our own, perform MIPD routinely.

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