Laparoscopic donor distal pancreatectomy for living donor pancreas and pancreas-kidney transplantation

Miguel Tan, Raja Kandaswamy, David E.R. Sutherland, Rainer W.G. Gruessner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

47 Scopus citations


With the proliferation and expanding applications of laparoscopic techniques, we determined the applicability of the laparoscopic approach to living pancreas donation. We performed the first laparoscopic donor distal pancreatectomy in 1999. We herein present our initial experience with five hand-assisted laparoscopic donor pancreatectomies. Three donors underwent distal pancreatectomy alone; two underwent a simultaneous left nephrectomy. The mean donor age was 48.4 ± 8.7 years with a body mass index of 23.7 kg/m 2. The donor and recipient survival rate was 100% at up to 3 years of follow-up. There were no episodes of pancreatitis, leaks, or pseudocysts. All donors returned to their preoperative state of health and to work. None of the donors have required oral anti-diabetic medications or insulin. We conclude that laparoscopic donor distal pancreatectomy is a safe and efficient procedure; hand-assisted laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy appears to be preferable, because of the added margin of safety from increased tactile feedback and ease of pancreatic dissection. The procedure can be accomplished with a single 6-cm periumbilical incision and only two 12-mm ports, resulting in excellent cosmesis and high donor satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1966-1970
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Laparoscopic pancreatectomy
  • Living donor
  • Pancreas transplantation


Dive into the research topics of 'Laparoscopic donor distal pancreatectomy for living donor pancreas and pancreas-kidney transplantation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this