Early Experience With Laparoscopic Major Liver Resections: A Case-comparison Study

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Abstract

Laparoscopic major liver resections are regarded as demanding operations whose convenience is still under evaluation. The aim of the present study was to report our early experience and to describe surgical technique of laparoscopic major liver resections. Study group consisted of 6 female patients with benign disease and a mean age of 40.5 years, who underwent right hepatectomy in 4 cases and left hepatectomy in 2 cases. No mortality was observed. Morbidity consists in 1 biliary fistula that requires rehospitalization and a new laparoscopic operation. The mean operative time was of 201.7 minutes, with a mean hospital stay of 5.5 days. The authors conclude that laparoscopic major liver resections could be performed, at least for benign disease and by surgeons experienced in laparoscopy, with good results. Nevertheless, further studies are required before to draw definitive conclusions, especially for neoplastic patients who represent the most relevant group.

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