Article Abstract

Laparoscopic liver resection in the aging society

Authors: Hiroyuki Nitta, Yasushi Hasegawa, Takeshi Takahara, Akira Sasaki


We have read the article of Goh et al., titled “Perioperative outcomes of laparoscopic minor hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma in the elderly,” published in the World Journal of Surgery (1). We would like to commend the authors for their interesting analyses on the outcomes of minor laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) among elderly patients. Their study discussed two main analyses: minor LLR, performed in 40 consecutive elderly (≥70 years) patients and 94 young patients (<70 years), and open liver resection (OLR), performed in 85 elderly patients.