Dual-port distal pancreatectomy using a prototype endoscope and endoscopic stapler: a natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) survival study in a porcine model.

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a potentially less invasive alternative to laparoscopic surgery that may be applicable to distal pancreatectomy. We aimed to demonstrate the technical feasibility of a NOTES distal pancreatectomy in an in vivo porcine model via a combined transvaginal-transcolonic approach… (More)

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