Laparoscopic hand-assisted right hemihepatectomy by ultrasound-directed intrahepatic approach

Giulio Belli, Alberto D'Agostino, Corrado Fantini, Andrea Belli, Luigi Cioffi, Paolo Limongelli, Gianluca Russo

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Background/purpose: Laparoscopic hepatectomy is a promising option for patients affected by a liver mass, and the procedure is gaining popularity. Minor laparoscopic resections have been widely reported. In contrast, major laparoscopic hepatectomy has been performed in only a limited number of cases. Hand-assisted laparoscopic liver surgery has been advocated in order to improve liver exposure and vascular control and increase the safety of the procedure. Transparenchymal en-bloc transection of the right portal triad has been reported to be safe and useful in open surgery. Methods: We describe a personal technique for hand-assisted right hemihepatectomy. With ultrasound guidance, the right hepatic pedicle is isolated intrahepatically and transected en bloc with a single firing of an endostapler. Parenchymal transection is carried out with ultrasonically activated or vessel-sealing devices together with endostaplers. Results: The procedure was successfully accomplished in three patients. The Pringle maneuver was never performed. No intraoperative or postoperative complications occurred. Conclusion: This study is the first to report a technique of right hemihepatectomy that combines hand-assisted laparoscopy and an ultrasound-guided intrahepatic approach. This technique may be a useful option to simplify the operation, reduce operative time, and increase the safety of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-785
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • Hand-assisted laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic hepatic resection
  • Laparoscopic intrahepatic approach
  • Laparoscopic right hepatectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology


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