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Stanford surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive (also called laparoscopic) pancreatic resections. Laparoscopic surgery allows the surgeon to access the abdomen via a number of small "keyhole" incisions (less than one centimeter each). Many patients with pancreatic cysts that require surgery are candidates for this approach, which offers smaller incisions, shorter hospitalization (typically 2 days), less pain, and a faster return to work and life.