Background/Aims: Recently, laparoscopic hepatectomy (LH) has been a feasible option for hepatic tumors such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangioma (Surg Endosc. 2001) (Surg Endosc. 2002). Herein, we evaluate the benefits of LH versus open hepatectomy (OH) for HCC patients.
Methods: From 2005, 9 consecutive patients with HCC who underwent LH were compared in a retrospective analysis with a historical group of 16 patients who underwent OH (procedures: left lateral sectionectomy, less than subsegmentectomy). Two groups were well matched age, tumor size and location, type of hepatic resection, and grade of cirrhosis. The selection criteria for both groups specified a small (size:
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