Mini-invasive approach has become the standard for many abdominal procedures such as chole-cystectomy, colectomy, liver resection, etc. Can we say that Mini-invasive pancreaticoduodenec-tomy (MIPD) should be considered the standard of care and that open pancreaticoduodenectomy (OPD) should be limited to selected cases? Not yet. There still be a lack of convincing, high-quality data showing transformative benefit in clinical outcomes or cost as seen with other surgical procedures previously performed exclusively by open approach. However, several publications from all around the world suggest subtle benefit over OPD, when the procedure is performed in experts Centers. The scientific evidence underlines that to perform MIPD safely and with better results than OPD: hospital volume, surgeon volume, specific training, and long learning curve mat-ters. In this series, several experts discussed some of hottest topics in the field of MIPD.
Laparoscopic pancreaticojejunal anastomosis using knotless barbed absorbable sutures are simple, safe and effective: an experience with 34 procedures
Robot-assisted pancreaticoduodenectomy with vascular resection: technical details and re-sults from a high-volume center
Devil’s advocate: is there any real advantage of mini-invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy ver-sus open pancreaticoduodenectomy?
The series “Mini-invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy: are we moving from a “feasible” intervention to be considered the standard?” was commissioned by the editorial office, Laparoscopic Surgery without any sponsorship or funding. Edoardo Rosso served as the unpaid Guest Editor for the series.