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Laparoscopic right hepatectomy: intra-hepatic Glissonian approach

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jan 2007;07(01). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2049

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This video demonstrates a totally laparoscopic approach to right hemi-hepatectomy. The right portal pedicle is first divided with an endoscopic stapler. The liver parenchyma is then divided with a combination of ultrasonic scalpel, Cavitron Ultrasound Surgical Aspirator (CUSA), bipolar cautery and clips. Many surgeons prefer to employ the hand-assisted approach, but in this totally laparoscopic demonstration the author uses the intrahepatic Glissonian approach without the Pringle maneuver. The procedure starts with surgical exploration and laparoscopic evaluation of the liver. The harmonic scalpel divides the hepatic round and falciform ligaments. The author visualizes the suprahepatic inferior vena cava and right hepatic vein, then explores the hepatoduodenal ligament for enlarged lymph nodes. He then mobilizes the right liver as high as possible by transecting the right triangular ligament. Paying attention to the area of the adrenal gland, he dissects the gallbladder hilum, and transects both the cystic artery and duct. He starts the hepatic hilar dissection with an incision of the liver parenchyma, continuing outside the portal pedicle bifurcation toward the right and left sheet. The procedure continues with transection of the right portal pedicle.