Perioperative Outcomes of Robotic Pancreaticoduodenectomy: a Propensity-Matched Analysis to Open and Laparoscopic Pancreaticoduodenectomy

A. Floortje van Oosten, Ding Ding, Joseph R. Habib, Ahmer Irfan, Ryan K. Schmocker, Elisabetta Sereni, Benedict Kinny-Köster, Michael Wright, Vincent P. Groot, I. Quintus Molenaar, John L. Cameron, Martin Makary, Richard A. Burkhart, William R. Burns, Christopher L. Wolfgang, Jin He

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Introduction: Robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy is slowly gaining acceptance within pancreatic surgery. Advantages have been demonstrated for robotic surgery in other fields, but robust data for pancreaticoduodenectomy is limited. The aim of this study was to compare the short-term outcomes of robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy (RPD) to open pancreaticoduodenectomy (OPD) and laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (LPD). Methods: Patients who underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy between January 2011 and July 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital were included in this retrospective propensity-matched analysis. The RPD cohort was matched to patients who underwent OPD in a 1:2 fashion and LPD in a 1:1 fashion. Short-term outcomes were analyzed for all three cohorts. Results: In total, 1644 patients were included, of which 96 (5.8%) underwent RPD, 131 (8.0%) LPD, and 1417 (86.2%) OPD. RPD was associated with a decreased incidence of delayed gastric emptying (9.4%) compared to OPD (23.5%; P = 0.006). The median estimated blood loss was significantly less in the RPD cohort (RPD vs OPD, 150 vs 487 mL; P < 0.001, RPD vs LPD, 125 vs 300 mL; P < 0.001). Compared to OPD, the robotic approach was associated with a shorter median length of stay (median 8 vs 9 days; P = 0.014) and a decrease in wound complications (4.2% vs 16.7%; P = 0.002). The incidence of other postoperative complications was comparable between RPD and OPD, and RPD and LPD. Conclusion: In the hands of experienced surgeons, RPD may have a modest yet statistically significant reduction in estimated blood loss, postoperative length of stay, wound complications, and delayed gastric emptying comparing to OPD in similar patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1795-1804
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Complications
  • Laparoscopic
  • Minimally invasive
  • Robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Short-term outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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