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What is laparoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocyst surgery?

Laparoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocyst surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to internally drain a pseudocyst of the pancreas. The procedure is performed by making 3-4 small incisions through which specialized instruments, including a laparoscopic camera, are inserted into the body. It generally takes 2 to 3 hours to perform.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocyst surgery?

With laparoscopic surgery, smaller incisions are made than in traditional surgery. As a result, there is less blood loss, less scarring, and less post-operative pain. The recovery time is significantly shorter than after traditional surgery.

Who should have laparoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocyst surgery?

The procedure is used to drain pseudocysts of the pancreas. Anyone needing this treatment should discuss the laparoscopic option with their doctor.

What preparations will be needed prior to surgery?

The surgeon may have the patient see a primary care doctor prior to surgery to make sure there are no medical conditions that may cause a problem with the surgery.  There will be a pre-op appointment prior to the day of surgery that will include a history and physical examination, possible blood samples, possible EKG, and a visit with a member of anesthesia department.  Patients should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before surgery.

What type of anesthesia will be required?

Laparoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts are done under general anesthesia.

Is there a hospital stay after surgery?

Most patients require a one night hospital stay.

What kind of a recovery can be expected?

Most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks.