Pure laparoscopic living donor liver transplantation: Dreams come true

Kyung Suk Suh, Suk Kyun Hong, Sola Lee, Su young Hong, Sanggyun Suh, Eui Soo Han, Seong Mi Yang, Young Rok Choi, Nam Joon Yi, Kwang Woong Lee

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Minimally invasive approaches are increasingly being applied in surgeries and have recently been used in living donor hepatectomy. We have developed a safe and reproducible method for minimally invasive living donor liver transplantation, which consists of pure laparoscopic explant hepatectomy and pure laparoscopic implantation of the graft, which was inserted through a suprapubic incision. Pure laparoscopic explant hepatectomy without liver fragmentation was performed in a 60-year-old man with alcoholic liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The explanted liver was retrieved through a suprapubic incision. A modified right liver graft, procured from his 24-year-old son using the pure laparoscopic method, was inserted through a suprapubic incision, and implantation was performed intracorporeally throughout the procedure. The time required to remove the liver was 369 min, and the total operative time was 960 min. No complications occurred during or after the surgery. The patient recovered well, and his hospital stay was of 11 days. Pure laparoscopic living donor liver transplantation from explant hepatectomy to implantation was performed successfully. It is a feasible procedure when performed by a highly experienced surgeon and transplantation team. Further studies with larger sample sizes are needed to confirm its safety and feasibility. (Figure presented.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-265
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022


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