The "Nouvelle Vague" of surgeons in pancreatic surgery: can they rise to the legacy of current surgeons?

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Pancreatic surgery is still thought as a challenging field even for experienced hepatobilliary (HPB) surgeons and high volume tertiary centers. The purpose of this study was to present the results (mortality and morbidity) of pancreatic surgery in a high volume center, in operations performed solely by inexperienced surgeons (two 6th year residents and a HPB fellow) under the supervision of expert surgeons on the field.


Forty-one consecutive patients who underwent curative-intent pancreatic resection with a modified pancreaticojejunostomy between January 2010 and December 2014 at Asklepios Hospital Barmbek, Germany, were identified from our institutional computer-based database. Two 6th year residents and an HPB-fellow performed all pancreatic anastomoses under the instructions of an experienced surgeon. Perioperative outcomes were recorded and analyzed.


Median postoperative length of stay for all patients was 15 days (IQR:7-31). In the first 90 postoperative days, the postoperative mortality rate was 0% and morbidity rate reached 39%. Reoperation was required in 1 patient (2.44%). However, no reoperation was performed for pancreatic anastomotic failure. No postoperative hemorrhage requiring interventional procedure or reoperation occurred in any patient.


The outcomes of pancreatic surgery performed by less experienced surgeons are satisfactory. The instructions of an expert surgeon in a high volume hospital definitely secures a favorable outcome after pancreatic surgery with lower mortality and morbidity rates compared with current literature trends.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Papalampros, A; Moris, D; Fard-Aghaie, M; Stavrou, GA; Felekouras, E; Niehaus, K; Oldhafer, K

Published Date

  • January 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 239 - 243

PubMed ID

  • 28365960

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2241-6293

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1107-0625


  • eng