The incidence of postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) remains high at approximately 30% of cases with distal pancreatectomy (DP) and is associated with higher incidence of life-threatening complications . However, the most appropriate closure technique for the pancreatic stump during DP remains controversial . We, herein, present details of the use of a linear stapling device with pre-attached bioabsorbable polyglycolic acid (PGA) felt for pancreatic stump closure during DP . Grade B or C POPF occurred in only one case (5 %) among 22 consecutive patients.
MeSH: Absorbable Implants, Humans, Pancreatectomy, adverse effects, Pancreatic Fistula, etiology, pathology, prevention & control, Pancreatic Neoplasms, pathology, surgery, Polyglycolic Acid, chemistry, Surgical Staplers, Surgical Stapling, instrumentation
Index: Polyglycolic acid (PGA) felt, distal pancreatectomy (DP), postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF)