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Br J Surg. 2018 May;105(6):751-759. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10777. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Initial experience with purely laparoscopic living-donor right hepatectomy.

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1
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
3
Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
4
Department of Surgery, Chonbuk National University College of Medicine, Jeonju, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There may be concerns about purely laparoscopic donor right hepatectomy (PLDRH) compared with open donor right hepatectomy, especially when performed by surgeons accustomed to open surgery. This study aimed to describe technical tips and pitfalls in PLDRH.

METHODS:

Data from donors who underwent PLDRH at Seoul National University Hospital between December 2015 and July 2017 were analysed retrospectively. Endpoints analysed included intraoperative events and postoperative complications. All operations were performed by a single surgeon with considerable experience in open living donor hepatectomy.

RESULTS:

A total of 26 donors underwent purely laparoscopic right hepatectomy in the study interval. No donor required transfusion during surgery, whereas two underwent reoperation. In two donors, the dissection plane at the right upper deep portion of the midplane was not correct. One donor experienced portal vein injury during caudate lobe transection, and one developed remnant left hepatic duct stenosis. One donor experienced remnant portal vein angulation owing to a different approach angle, and one experienced arterial damage associated with the use of a laparoscopic energy device. One donor had postoperative bleeding due to masking of potential bleeding foci owing to intra-abdominal pressure during laparoscopy. Two donors experienced right liver surface damage caused by a xiphoid trocar.

CONCLUSION:

Purely laparoscopic donor hepatectomy differs from open donor hepatectomy in terms of angle and caudal view. Therefore, surgeons experienced in open donor hepatectomy must gain adequate experience in laparoscopic liver surgery and make adjustments when performing PLDRH.

PMID:
29579333
DOI:
10.1002/bjs.10777
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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