Can robotic liver resection compensate for weaknesses of the laparoscopic approach?

Daisuke Ban, Yoshiya Ishikawa, Minoru Tanabe


In the past decade, the induction of minimal invasive surgery (MIS) has revolutionized liver surgery, because this approach greatly improves the clinical course of postoperative patients (1). At its inception, laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) was limited to minor resection, but improvements in the technique mean that the majority of the liver is now amenable to resection. Whereas minor resections are now performed worldwide, major and complicated resections remain concentrated in a limited number of expert centers.

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