<bold>The aim of the study</bold> was the retrospective analysis of early results after distal pancreatectomy (DP).
<bold>Material and methods.</bold> During the period between January, 2000 and December, 2010 distal pancreatectomy was performed in 73 patients, including 32 (43.83%) male, and 41 (56.16%) female patients. Average patient age amounted to 53.92 ± 14.37 years. Surgery was performed by means of laparoscopy or the classical method.
<bold>Results.</bold> The mean duration of the procedure amounted to 179.79 ± 59.90 minutes. Fifty-nine (80.82%) patients were subject to splenectomy. After the resection the pancreatic stump was hand-sewn in 69 patients. Pancreatoenterostomy was performed in 4 (5.47%) patients. Early postoperative complications occurred in 11 (15%) patients. Reoperation was required in two (2.7 %) patients. The postoperative mortality rate amounted to 2.7%. The average hospitalization period after surgery amounted to 12.72 ± 9.8 (1- 66) days.
<bold>Conclusions.</bold> Distal pancreatectomy performed in a center experienced in pancreatic surgery is a safe procedure characterized by a low rate of complications and mortality.
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