Impact of body mass index on the difficulty and outcomes of laparoscopic left lateral sectionectomy

International robotic and laparoscopic liver resection study group investigators are coauthors of this study

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Introduction: Currently, the impact of body mass index (BMI) on the outcomes of laparoscopic liver resections (LLR) is poorly defined. This study attempts to evaluate the impact of BMI on the peri-operative outcomes following laparoscopic left lateral sectionectomy (L-LLS). Methods: A retrospective analysis of 2183 patients who underwent pure L-LLS at 59 international centers between 2004 and 2021 was performed. Associations between BMI and selected peri-operative outcomes were analyzed using restricted cubic splines. Results: A BMI of >27kg/m2 was associated with increased in blood loss (Mean difference (MD) 21 mls, 95% CI 5–36), open conversions (Relative risk (RR) 1.13, 95% CI 1.03–1.25), operative time (MD 11 min, 95% CI 6–16), use of Pringles maneuver (RR 1.15, 95% CI 1.06–1.26) and reductions in length of stay (MD -0.2 days, 95% CI -0.3 to −0.1). The magnitude of these differences increased with each unit increase in BMI. However, there was a “U” shaped association between BMI and morbidity with the highest complication rates observed in underweight and obese patients. Conclusion: Increasing BMI resulted in increasing difficulty of L-LLS. Consideration should be given to its incorporation in future difficulty scoring systems in laparoscopic liver resections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1466-1473
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 08-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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