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International Journal of Hepatology
Volume 2011, Article ID 579203, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2011/579203
Case Report

Single Port Laparoscopic Liver Resection for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Preliminary Report

Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, National University Health System, NUHS Tower Block, Level 8, 1E Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119228

Received 15 January 2011; Revised 18 February 2011; Accepted 27 March 2011

Academic Editor: Pierce Chow

Copyright © 2011 Stephen Kin Yong Chang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Single port laparoscopic surgery is an emerging technique, now commonly used in cholecystectomy. The experience of using this technique in liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma is described in a series of 3 cases with single port laparoscopic liver resection performed during 2010. All patients were male aged 61 to 70 years, with several comorbidities. There were no complications in this early series. The length of hospital stay was 3–5 days. The blood loss was 200–450 mL, with operating time between 142 and 171 minutes. We conclude that this technique is feasible and safe to perform in experienced centers.