Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 30, Issue 9, pp 3882–3888 | Cite as

Robotic extrahepatic Glissonean pedicle approach for anatomic liver resection in the right liver: techniques and perioperative outcomes

  • Jin Ho Lee
  • Dai Hoon Han
  • Dong-Su Jang
  • Gi Hong Choi
  • Jin Sub Choi



The Glissonean pedicle approach is one of the most popular methods of anatomic liver surgery. Liver surgeons have attempted to reproduce this method laparoscopically. In this study, we introduce our technique of the extrahepatic Glissonean approach for anatomic liver resections, using a robotic system, and report on short-term perioperative outcomes.


From December 2008 to July 2014, 10 patients underwent robotic anatomic liver resection in the right liver. The procedure is as follows: (1) mobilization of the liver and isolation and clamping of a selected Glissonean pedicle; (2) transection of the liver parenchyma using a rubber band retraction technique; (3) division of the Glissonean pedicle after full exposure, followed by completion of parenchymal transection.


The median age of the patients was 52.50 (range 28–59) years, and seven were male. All patients had hepatocellular carcinoma. The types of resections performed were as follows: segmentectomy 6 (n = 1), segmentectomy of 4b + 5 ventral segments (n = 2), right posterior sectionectomy (n = 3), extended right hepatectomy (n = 1), extended right posterior sectionectomy (n = 2), and central bisectionectomy (n = 1). Only one case was converted to open surgery due to severe tumor adhesions on the diaphragm. The median operative time was 555 min (range 413–848), and the median estimated blood loss was 225 ml (range 30–700), with no perioperative transfusions. The overall complication rate was 70 % (grade I, 5; grade II, 1; grade III, 1; grade IV, 0). The median length of hospital stay postsurgery was 7 days (range 6–11).


Robotic surgery allowed for successful anatomic liver resections via an extrahepatic Glissonean pedicle approach in the right liver and can be safely performed in selected patients.


Robotic liver resection Glissonean approach Anatomic resection 



This research was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIP; Grant Number: NRF-2011-0013046).

Compliance with ethical standards


Dr. Jin Ho Lee, Dr. Dai Hoon Han, Don-Su Jang, Dr. Gi Hong Choi, and Dr. Jin Sub Choi have no conflicts of interests or financial ties to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jin Ho Lee
    • 1
  • Dai Hoon Han
    • 1
  • Dong-Su Jang
    • 2
  • Gi Hong Choi
    • 1
  • Jin Sub Choi
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery, Department of Surgery, Liver Cancer Clinic, Severance Hospital, Institute of GastroenterologyYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of SculptureHongik UniversitySeoulKorea

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