Laparoscopic liver resection for colorectal liver metastases: perspectives from patients

Edward Willems, Mathieu D’Hondt


The study performed by Bøe and colleagues describes the experiences of patients undergoing laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) through semi-structured interviews (1). In the past decade, LLR has become the gold standard for minor liver resections and has been adopted widely for major liver resections in many expert centres (2-5). Many safety and feasibility studies have been performed (6-11). Little is known however, about the patient perspectives. Following thorough analysis of the interviews of nine patients undergoing LLR for CRLM, the authors found three important themes: (I) a rapid recovery with minor pain, (II) uncertainty of a new technique for cancer treatment and (III) unmet informational needs.