Laparoscopic liver resection in the Netherlands: how far are we?

J.H.M.B. Stoot*, E.M. Wong-Lun-Hing, I. Limantoro, R.G.J. Visschers, O.R. Busch, R. van Hillegersberg, K.M. De Jong, A.M. Rijken, G. Kazemier, S. Olde Damink, T.M. Lodewick, M.H.A. Bemelmans, R.M. van Dam, C.H.C. Dejong

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Background: The objective of this study was to provide a systematic review on the introduction of laparoscopic liver surgery in the Netherlands, to investigate the initial experience with laparoscopic liver resections and to report on the current status of laparoscopic liver surgery in the Netherlands. Methods: A systematic literature search of laparoscopic liver resections in the Netherlands was conducted using PubMed/MEDLINE. Analysis of initial experience with laparoscopic liver surgery was performed by case-control comparison of patients undergoing laparoscopic left lateral sectionectomy matched with patients undergoing the open procedure in the Netherlands between the years 2000 and 2008. Furthermore, a nationwide survey was conducted in 2011 on the current status of laparoscopic liver surgery. Results: The systematic review revealed only 6 Dutch reports on actual laparoscopic liver surgery. Matched case-control comparison showed significant differences in the length of hospital stay, blood loss and operation time. Complications did not differ significantly between the two groups (26 vs. 21%). The 2011 survey showed that 21 centers in the Netherlands performed formal liver resections and that 49 (5% of total) laparoscopic liver resections were performed in 2010. Conclusion: The systematic review revealed that very few laparoscopic liver resections were performed in the Netherlands in the previous millennium. The matched case-control comparison of laparoscopic and open left lateral resection showed a reduction in hospital length of stay with comparable morbidity. The laparoscopic technique has been slowly adopted in the Netherlands, but its popularity seems to increase in recent years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-78
Number of pages9
JournalDigestive Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Laparoscopic liver surgery
  • Systematic review
  • Complications
  • Hospital length of stay
  • ASA classification
  • Liver tumor

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