China News Service, August 27th (Chen Jing Wang Genhua) The reporter learned on the 27th that Professor Yin Hao, Director of the Transplantation Department of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Naval Military Medical University (Shanghai Changzheng Hospital Organs) and Director of the PLA Organ Transplant Institute, took the lead in successfully carrying out the project. Robotic spleen-preserving pancreatic body and tail resection combined with autologous islet cell transplantation preserves the patient’s spleen and preserves the islet function to the greatest extent.

Such surgery has not been reported in Asian countries and regions before.

  48-year-old Ms. Xu was found to have a benign tumor of the pancreas two years ago, and the tumor continues to grow.

Doctors in many hospitals recommend surgical removal of the pancreas and spleen.

Lifelong insulin injections and impaired immune function are sequelae of surgery.

With last hope, Ms. Xu asked Professor Yin Hao for help.

  Professor Yin Hao told reporters that the pancreas has a deep anatomical location, is close to important organs, is surrounded by abundant blood vessels, and has a high risk of intraoperative bleeding. It is the most difficult surgical site for pancreatic surgery.

For benign tumors of the body and tail of the pancreas, although the conventional pancreatic surgery can remove the tumor, it will most likely lead to the loss of the patient's ability to regulate blood sugar and secrete insulin, and will face a series of risks of diabetes complications in the future.

  Yin Hao's team decided to implement a robot-assisted spleen-preserving pancreatic body and tail resection.

According to reports, the use of the robot's flexible and stable "arm" that can rotate 540° and the 3D high-definition "field of view" can achieve breakthroughs in the limitations of traditional operations, thereby improving the quality of surgery and reducing bleeding and injuries.

  More than 2 hours after the operation, the doctors extracted the normal islet cells from the excised pancreatic tissue and returned them to the patient's body to preserve the function of the islets intact and avoid the inconvenience and pain caused by severe postoperative diabetes.

The patient recovered well after the operation and was able to move on the ground within 4 days.

  The Organ Transplantation Department of Shanghai Changzheng Hospital has successfully completed more than 100 islet transplants since 2016, leading the country in the number of surgical cases and curative effects.

Experts from the hospital successfully explored the new international islet isolation technology, which increased the success rate of islet transplantation from 50% to 90%.

A variety of advanced surgical procedures have brought hope of cure for many benign pancreatic tumors, recurrent chronic pancreatitis, and severe diabetes.

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