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World J Gastroenterol. May 28, 2017; 23(20): 3581-3588
Published online May 28, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i20.3581
First quarter century of laparoscopic liver resection
Zenichi Morise, Go Wakabayashi
Zenichi Morise, Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Toyoake, Aichi 470-1192, Japan
Go Wakabayashi, Department of Surgery, Center for Advanced Treatment of HBP Diseases, Ageo Central General Hospital, Ageo, 362-8588 Saitama, Japan
Author contributions: Morise Z and Wakabayashi G cooperated to collect the data and write this paper.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Morise Z and Wakabayashi G declare no conflicts of interest related to this publication.
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Correspondence to: Zenichi Morise, MD, PhD, FACS, AGAF, Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, 1-98 Kutsukakecho, Toyoake, Aichi 470-1192, Japan.
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Received: January 25, 2017
Peer-review started: February 1, 2017
First decision: February 27, 2017
Revised: March 4, 2017
Accepted: April 21, 2017
Article in press: April 21, 2017
Published online: May 28, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) was introduced in early 1990s. Thereafter, LLR procedures have expanded to left lateral sectionectomy, hemi-hepatectomy, sectionectomy, segmentectomy and partial resection of posterosuperior segments, as well as parenchymal preserving limited and modified anatomical resection. This expansion is related to technological/technical developments with conceptual changes. During this period, two international consensus conferences summarized the up-to-date status and perspective of LLR. The current advantages of LLR include reduced intraoperative bleeding, shorter hospital stay, and lower incidence of complications. Here, we review and discuss the developments of LLR in operative procedures during the first quarter century since its inception.