Robotic Liver Resection for Liver Malignancy

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Robotic liver resection is a new platform for minimally invasive liver resection, and its functional advantages are expected to reduce or overcome the difficulties or limitations of laparoscopic liver resection, such as restricted instrument movement and unstable surgical visual field. Minimally invasive liver resection for malignancy, anatomic liver resection in particular, is technically demanding. In such type of difficult hepatectomy, robotic functions are suggested to confer benefits in vascular or biliary dissection, isolation and division during hilar dissection, as well as benefits in keeping stable visual field, vascular isolation, tying or clipping, and suture hemostasis during liver parenchymal dissection. Previous studies on minimally invasive anatomic liver resection has suggested that robotic liver resection is superior to laparoscopic liver resection in terms of perioperative outcomes including blood loss, postoperative complications, rate of open conversion, and length of hospital stay. There are also studies indicating that the long-term oncologic outcomes of robotic hepatectomy are comparable to those of open or laparoscopic hepatectomies. Furthermore, the usefulness of robot functions has increasingly been reported on cases of liver resection with biliary and vascular reconstruction. Robotic liver resection for malignancy is considered to be sufficiently effective and practical, with acceptable technical accuracy, safety, and cancer curability, particularly in highly difficult anatomic liver resection. Under these backgrounds, robotic liver resection has a potential to become the mainstay of minimally invasive liver resection for malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-441
Number of pages5
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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