Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 796–805 | Cite as

Long-term perioperative outcomes of pure laparoscopic liver resection versus open liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma: a retrospective study

  • Young-In Yoon
  • Ki-Hun KimEmail author
  • Hwui-Dong Cho
  • Jae-Hyun Kwon
  • Dong-Hwan Jung
  • Gil-Chun Park
  • Gi-Won Song
  • Tae-Yong Ha
  • Sung Gyu Lee



Laparoscopic treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has increased. We retrospectively compared the perioperative and long-term oncological outcomes of laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) with those of open liver resection (OLR) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in well-matched patient groups using propensity score matching (PSM).


We reviewed medical records of patients with HCC who underwent liver resection between July 2007 and April 2016 at our center. In total, 2335 patients were included in this study and divided into LLR (n = 264) and OLR (n = 2071) groups. For group comparisons, 1:2 PSM was used with covariates of baseline characteristics, including tumor characteristics and surgical liver resection procedures.


After PSM, there were 217 and 434 patients in the LLR and OLR groups, respectively. The LLR group had shorter hospital stays (8.9 vs. 14.8 days; P < 0.001) and lower postoperative morbidity (6.5% vs. 12.0%; P = 0.022). The 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates were 98.1%, 87.0%, and 78.6%, respectively, for the LLR group, and 98.3%, 90.8%, and 84.3%, respectively, for the OLR group (P = 0.570). The 1-, 3-, and 5-year disease-free survival rates were 81.0%, 62.0%, and 49.1%, respectively, for the LLR group, and 85.3%, 64.7%, and 56.2%, respectively, for the OLR group (P = 0.563).


Long-term oncological outcomes were comparable between LLR and OLR for selected patients. LLR was associated with multiple benefits, even for selected patients with cirrhosis who underwent major hepatectomy. LLR for HCC performed by an experienced surgeon could be considered a safe and feasible alternative to OLR for selected patients.


Hepatocellular carcinoma Pure laparoscopic liver resection Laparoscopic major hepatectomy 


Compliance with ethical standards


Assistant Prof. Yoon, Prof. Kim, Dr. Cho, Dr. Kwon, Prof. Jung, Assistant Prof. Park, Prof. Song, Prof. Ha and Prof. Lee have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Asan Medical CenterUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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