Published online Sep 27, 2013. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v5.i9.487
Revised: July 26, 2013
Accepted: August 17, 2013
Published online: September 27, 2013
Core tip: For cirrhotic patients with liver tumor, pure laparoscopic hepatectomy minimizes destruction of the collateral blood/lymphatic flow from laparotomy and mobilization, and has advantage of minimal postoperative ascites. It restrains the complications, which trigger the postoperative liver failure. The partial resection in the area of subphrenic space, peri-inferior vena cava area or next to the attachment of retro-peritoneum is facilitated with good vision and manipulation in the small operative field. Furthermore, repeat pure laparoscopic hepatectomy for patients with multicentric/metachronous hepatocellular carcinomas was feasible and safe with the advantages of less post-operative adhesion and good vision and manipulation between the adhesions.