Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 1155–1166 | Cite as

Outcomes of pure laparoscopic Glissonian pedicle approach hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma: a propensity score matching analysis

  • Fei Liu
  • Hongwei Xu
  • Qin Li
  • Yonggang WeiEmail author
  • Hongyu Li
  • Wentao Wang
  • Tianfu Wen
  • Hong Wu
  • Jiayin Yang
  • Mingqing Xu
  • Bo LiEmail author



Few studies had been performed to concern the outcomes of pure laparoscopic Glissonian pedicle approach hepatectomy (LGAH) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of LGAH versus open Glissonian pedicle approach hepatectomy (OGAH) for HCC, especially in patients with cirrhosis.


Hepatocellular carcinoma patients who underwent pure LGAH and OGAH between January 2015 and July 2017 in our institution were retrospectively enrolled in this study. Propensity score matching (PSM) of patients in a ratio of 1:1 was conducted to adjust the known confounders. The perioperative and oncological outcomes were compared between the two groups after PSM.


Some 80 patients underwent pure LGAH and 134 had OGAH. After PSM, 67 patients in each group were well matched for analysis. Both the postoperative overall complication rates (13.4% vs. 29.9%, P = 0.021) and mean comprehensive complication index (2.63 vs. 7.40, P = 0.035) were significantly lower in the LGAH group than those in OGAH group. Although the operative time was longer in the LRH group (P < 0.001), the length of postoperative hospital stay was shorter in the LRH group (P = 0.024). Furthermore, both the 3-year overall survival rate (73.3% for LGAH vs. 77.8% for OGAH, P = 0.338) and 3-year disease-free survival rate (56.4% for LGAH vs. 62.5% for OGAH, P = 0.455) were not significantly different between the groups.


Pure laparoscopic Glissonian approach may be a better alternative to open Glissonian approach in selected HCC patients, which provided fewer complications, shorter postoperative hospital stay and comparable oncological outcomes.


Laparoscopic hepatectomy Open hepatectomy Glissonian approach Hepatocellular carcinoma 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81602910) and the Fundamental Research Fund for the Central Universities (No. 2017SCU11045).

Compliance with ethical standards


Drs. Fei Liu, Hongwei Xu, Qin Li, Yonggang Wei, Hongyu Li, Wentao Wang, Tianfu Wen, Hong Wu, Jiayin Yang, Mingqing Xu, and Bo Li have no conflict of interest or financial ties to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fei Liu
    • 1
  • Hongwei Xu
    • 1
  • Qin Li
    • 1
  • Yonggang Wei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hongyu Li
    • 2
  • Wentao Wang
    • 1
  • Tianfu Wen
    • 1
  • Hong Wu
    • 1
  • Jiayin Yang
    • 1
  • Mingqing Xu
    • 1
  • Bo Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Liver Surgery & Liver Transplantation Center, West China HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.Department of Pancreatic Surgery, West China HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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