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Success with first 20 patients undergoing minimally invasive pancreatic transplant surgery

20:00 EDT 28 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that their first series of a minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic pancreas disease, known as severe pancreatitis, resulted in shorter hospital stays, less need for opioids and fewer complications, compared with standard surgical approaches.

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