Laparoscopic and robotic approach for hepatocellular carcinoma-state of the art

Hepatobiliary Surg Nutr. 2016 Dec;5(6):478-484. doi: 10.21037/hbsn.2016.05.05.


Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common malignant tumor worldwide and the most common primary liver cancer, in over 80% of cases HCC grown on a cirrhotic liver. Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) is now worldwide accepted considering the excellent results shown. Minimally invasive surgical approach for HCC is increasing continuously and in specialized centers seems to become the first-line approach for those patients. The aim of this review presents and discusses state of the art in the laparoscopic and robotic surgical treatment of HCC. An electronic search was performed to identify all studies dealing with HCC resected with laparoscopy or robotic approach. Indications for laparoscopic resection, robotic assisted and totally robotic resection of HCC will be doubtless increased in future years. LLR and robotic approach for HCC is safe and feasible.

Keywords: Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR); cirrhosis; hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); meld; robotic liver.

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  • Review