Published online Oct 21, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i39.14255
Revised: January 27, 2014
Accepted: May 29, 2014
Published online: October 21, 2014
Core tip: Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery is in its infancy despite initial procedures reported two decades ago. Both laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy and laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy can be performed competently with improved perioperative outcomes, similar to those observed when minimally invasive surgical (MIS) is utilized for other purposes. However, when MIS approaches are implemented the indication is often benign or low-grade malignant pathologies. In this review we explore the evidence available regarding laparoscopic resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, a promising approach for future widespread application.