Minimally invasive liver surgery: a field is maturing

Elisabeth Sucher, Robert Sucher


Minimally invasive liver surgery is undergoing exponential growth (1). Since its first application (2), laparoscopic surgery has been increasingly used to address benign and malignant liver lesions ranging from minor resections to major hepatectomies. First randomized controlled trials clearly demonstrate medical and economic advantages over conventional open surgical techniques, in selected groups of patients (3).