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Dig Surg. 2008;25(4):305-8. doi: 10.1159/000155222. Epub 2008 Sep 11.

Laparoscopic left lateral liver sectionectomy: a safe, efficient, reproducible technique.

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  • 1Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic and Laparoscopic Surgical Unit, Southampton University Hospital, Southampton, UK.



Laparoscopic left lateral sectionectomy (LLLS) is procedure with potential for future transformation into a primarily laparoscopic procedure where surgeons can safely develop laparoscopic experience and gain proficiency.


Between August 2004 and December 2007, 80 patients underwent laparoscopic liver resections in our unit, 30 of these were left lateral sectionectomies. The indications for surgery were both oncological and non-oncological.


30 LLLS were performed. Median operative time and median postoperative hospital stay group were 180 (40-340) min and 4 (1-6) days, respectively, and were noted to fall significantly between the first (15 patients) and second parts of this series. The median free resection margin was 11 (1.5-30) mm and median perioperative blood loss was 80 (25-800) ml. Two minor complications were observed with no mortality and no conversions to open.


LLLS is a feasible, safe and efficient procedure, associated with a quick, smooth learning curve. We report our technique illustrating methods and particulars which would be of great help to surgeons developing new laparoscopic liver services.

Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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