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World J Gastroenterol. Jul 21, 2015; 21(27): 8441-8451
Published online Jul 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i27.8441
Outcomes of robotic vs laparoscopic hepatectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Roberto Montalti, Giammauro Berardi, Alberto Patriti, Marco Vivarelli, Roberto Ivan Troisi
Roberto Montalti, Giammauro Berardi, Roberto Ivan Troisi, Department of General and Hepato-Biliary Surgery, Liver Transplantation Service, Ghent University Hospital and Medical School, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Roberto Montalti, Marco Vivarelli, Department of Gastroenterology and Transplantation Surgery, Polytechnic University of Marche-Ospedali Riuniti, 60126 Ancona, Italy
Alberto Patriti, Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, General Hospital of Spoleto, 06049 Spoleto, Italy
Author contributions: Montalti R and Berardi G contributed to acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the article and final approval; Patriti A and Vivarelli M interpretated data, revised the article and made final approval; Troisi RI contributed to conception and design of the study, critical revision, final approval of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors deny any conflict of interest.
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Correspondence to: Roberto Ivan Troisi, MD, PhD, FEBS, Professor, Department of General and Hepato-Biliary Surgery, Liver Transplantation Service, Ghent University Hospital and Medical School, De Pintelaan 185, 2K12 IC, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.
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Received: January 11, 2015
Peer-review started: January 12, 2015
First decision: March 10, 2015
Revised: March 25, 2015
Accepted: May 7, 2015
Article in press: May 7, 2015
Published online: July 21, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: No consensus is available in the literature about which technique between laparoscopic and robotic liver resection is more beneficial to the patient. This is the first systematic review and meta-analysis comparing laparoscopic and robotic liver resection. We investigated these two techniques in terms of estimated blood loss, operative time, conversion rate, R1 resection rate, morbidity and mortality rates, hospital stay and major hepatectomy rates.