Background: Limited anatomic resections (LARs), such as segmentectomies, performed using a fully laparoscopic approach, have gained popularity for liver malignancies. However, the oncologic efficacy of laparoscopic LARs (Lap-LARs) needs further investigation. This cohort study evaluated the oncologic outcomes of Lap-LAR for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM). At a Japanese referral center, 112 patients underwent Lap-LAR using the Glissonean approach and indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescence navigation. Recurrence-free survival (RFS), overall survival (OS), time to interventional failure (TIF), and time to surgical failure (TSF) were assessed.
Results: Among the 112 patients (median age, 74 years [range, 66-80 years]; 80 men [71.4 %]), Lap-LAR showed promising results. The median operative time was 348 min (range, 280-460 min), and the median blood loss was 190 mL (range, 95.5-452.0 mL).
Lap-LAR showed favorable oncologic outcomes for HCC and CRLM. Its precise technique makes it a promising therapeutic option for liver malignancies. Further comparisons with conventional approaches are warranted.