Throughout the last decade, there have been 2 major trends observed in pancreatic surgery: (1) the increased frequency of detection of pancreatic “incidentalomas” owing to the widespread use of abdominal imaging and (2) the development and refinement of laparoscopic techniques for pancreatic resection. Fortunately, these 2 trends fit nicely together, allowing a minimal access option for the resection of the ever-increasing number of pancreatic neoplasms identified. Because most of these incidental lesions are benign or, at worst, premalignant and most of them occur in women, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery has been embraced at most high-volume pancreatic centers.
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