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  • 2012-07-16

Totally laparoscopic single port hepatic left lobectomy and cholecystectomy for cholangiocarcinoma

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2012;12(07). URL:
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Background: Single port (SP) hepatic resection presents a few examples in the recent literature which suggest a clear possibility for better cosmetic results and shorter hospital stay. This video presents a patient who has undergone totally laparoscopic SP left hepatic lobectomy for cholangiocarcinoma and cholecystectomy for cholelitiasis. The present case shows a 70-year-old woman with a BMI of 26 kg/m2 with documented 45mm hepatic mass and irregular margins involving segment III suggesting intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. A 40mm peri-umbilical incision was performed. SP hepatic left lobectomy was performed using a 4-access OCTO™ port (High-Tech Center, Seoul, Korea), with a 30-degree scope, a curved grasping forceps, and Atlas Ligasure™ (Covidien, USA) and Vascular Endo GIA™ (Covidien, USA); specimen retrieval was performed through the right periumbilical incision. Results: No conversion to open surgery was necessary, neither were additional trocars. Total operative time was 120 minutes and laparoscopic time 80 minutes; liver transection time was 24 minutes. Final umbilical incision length was 40mm. Blood loss was lower than 40cc, no transfusion or abdominal drainage was required. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 2. Conclusions: Left hepatic lobectomy for localized intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and associated cholecystectomy can be safely performed with a periumbilical SP procedure, with macro- and microscopically neoplasia-free margins.