Minimally Invasive Living Donor Hepatectomy

Talia B. Baker*, Felicitas Koller, Juan Carlos Caicedo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Laparoscopic approaches to complex hepatobiliary cases are becoming more commonplace. As the practice of living donor liver transplants (LDLT) has evolved into an accepted alternative for certain patients as a source of donor organs, the application of laparoscopic techniques to these operations has also been introduced with an interest in improving donor outcomes and potential appeal of the donor procedure. The scope of laparoscopy ranges from the laparoscopically assisted left or right hepatic lobectomy (“hybrid”) approach, to pure laparoscopic left lateral segments. Recently, robotic and purely laparoscopic approaches to right and left lobes have been reported by advanced minimally invasive surgeons with extensive experience in robotic and laparoscopic liver resection. Safety remains paramount to the performance of LDLT, and laparoscopic techniques must always be considered in light of optimal donor safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Transplantation Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014


  • Donation
  • Donor hepatectomy
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Hybrid approach
  • Laparoscopic
  • Laparoscopically assisted
  • Left lateral sectionectomy
  • Left lobectomy
  • Liver transplant
  • Living donation
  • Minilaparotomy
  • Minimally invasive
  • Open donor hepatectomy
  • Pure laparoscopy
  • Right lobectomy
  • Robotics
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Nephrology
  • Immunology


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