Laparoscopic hepatic surgery has only recently become an established field. Technological limitations in devices used to transect the liver parenchyma and control hemostasis have been a rate limiting step. However, as a result of advances in products specifically tailored to liver surgery, there has been steady progress in the complexity of laparoscopic hepatectomies performed, from the minimally invasive fenestration of liver cysts, to peripheral wedge resections, major hepatectomy, and recently donor hepatectomy. Herein, we discuss the role of several laparoscopic devices which include the endoscopic stapler, pre-coagulators, ultrasonic dissector, ultrasonic shears, and vessel sealing devices. Laparoscopic liver surgery introduces new challenges to even the experienced surgeon. It is important to have a solid understanding of the advantages and limitations of available instruments in order to safely and effectively expand the use of laparoscopy in hepatic surgery.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Surgical technology international|
|State||Published - Dec 2012|