Background: We compared retrospectively the results of the patients who underwent hemihepatectomy through anterior approach (AHH) with those undergoing conventional hemihepatectomy (HH). Patients and Methods: In 119 patients hemihepatectomy was done, 52 of them were anterior approaches. We used this technique if the tumor size was large or if the tumor seemed to be fragile, and thus a liver mobilization would be very dangerous. We started the operation with dissecting parenchyma from the anterior surface toward hilus without preparation of the hilus. Resection of the liver was performed with the help of CUSA dissector. Results: No patient died following AHH. Two re-operations were performed in the HH group, and 2 patients died. The operation time was not significantly different in both groups. The need for blood transfusion was much less during AHH. The average nursing days were also similar in both groups. However, in those cases in which the operations were performed because of liver malignancies, there were no differences in the survival rate after 32-month follow-up between both groups. Conclusions: AHH can be performed safely. The blood consumption during AHH is significantly lower than during HH. The median survival rate was similar in both groups. Our team suggest the anterior approach for liver resection in those cases when the hilar structures and the hepatic veins cannot be isolated easily.
- Anterior approach for liver resection
- Hepatic surgery
- Large liver tumors
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