Published online Nov 14, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i42.15590
Revised: July 21, 2014
Accepted: September 5, 2014
Published online: November 14, 2014
Core tip: Initial concerns regarding patient’s safety and graft integrity, need for acquiring surgical expertise in both laparoscopic liver surgery and living donor transplantation (LDLT) and lack of evidence supporting the benefits of laparoscopy have delayed the development of this approach in LDLT. Preliminary experiences of laparoscopic liver resection for LDLT have begun with laparoscopic left lateral sectionectomy for adult-child LDLT, where the procedure is now well standardized and provides satisfactory results. On the other hand, lack of standardization and multiplicity of the techniques currently limit the evaluation of this approach in the setting of major liver resection for adult-adult LDLT.