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Robotic left lateral sectionectomy in cirrhotic liver

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2017;17(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5076

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Background: Laparoscopy for cirrhotic patients can reduce intraoperative bleeding and postoperative morbidity when compared to open surgery. Liver robotic surgery remains a work in progress and only few series reported this approach for cirrhotic patients. Methods: This is the case of a 62-year-old man with hepatitis C virus and alcoholic cirrhosis (MELD score 10, Child-Pugh score A6) with a single lesion in liver segment III and close to its pedicle. Results: Intraoperative ultrasound was used to confirm findings on preoperative imaging. Parenchymal transection was made with an ultrasonic scalpel, monopolar and bipolar cautery with no Pringle’s maneuver. Linear staplers were used to control left lobe inflow and outflow. The specimen was removed through a Pfannenstiel incision. The estimated blood loss was 100mL, and the postoperative course was uneventful. Pathological findings confirmed a 2.5cm hepatocellular carcinoma, with negative margins, and a cirrhotic parenchyma. Conclusion: Robotic left lateral sectionectomy seems to be as feasible as the conventional laparoscopic approach in selected cirrhotic patients.