Current status of laparoscopic liver resection in Korea

Joon Seong Park, Ho Seong Han, Dae Wook Hwang, Yoo Seok Yoon, Jai Young Cho, Yang Seok Koh, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Kyung Sik Kim, Sang Bum Kim, Young Hoon Kim, Hyung Chul Kim, Chong Woo Chu, Dong Shik Lee, Hong Jin Kim, Sang Jae Park, Sung Sik Han, Tae Jin Song, Young Joon Ahn, Yung Kyung Yoo, Hee Chul YuDong Sup Yoon, Min Koo Lee, Hyeon Kook Lee, Seog Ki Min, Chi Young Jeong, Soon Chan Hong, In Seok Choi, Kyung Yul Hur

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Since laparoscopic liver resection was first introduced in 2001, Korean surgeons have chosen a laparoscopic procedure as one of the treatment options for benign or malignant liver disease. We distributed and analyzed a nationwide questionnaire to members of the Korean Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Study Group (KLLSG) in order to evaluate the current status of laparoscopic liver resection in Korea. Questionnaires were sent to 24 centers of KLLSG. The questionnaire consisted of operative procedure, histological diagnosis of liver lesions, indications for resection, causes of conversion to open surgery, and postoperative outcomes. A laparoscopic liver resection was performed in 416 patients from 2001 to 2008. Of 416 patients, 59.6% had malignant tumors, and 40.4% had benign diseases. A total laparoscopic approach was performed in 88.7%. Anatomical laparoscopic liver resection was more commonly performed than non-anatomical resection (59.9% vs 40.1%). The anatomical laparoscopic liver resection procedures consisted of a left lateral sectionectomy (29.3%), left hemihepatectomy (19.2%), right hemihepatectomy (6%), right posterior sectionectomy (4.3%), central bisectionectomy (0.5%), and caudate lobectomy (0.5%). Laparoscopy-related serious complications occurred in 12 (2.8%) patients. The present study findings provide data in terms of indication, type and method of liver resection, and current status of laparoscopic liver resection in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-771
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Anatomical liver resection
  • HCC
  • Laparoscopic liver resection
  • Laparoscopy
  • Liver diseases


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