Laparoscopic & robotic liver resection for colorectal cancer metastases

Timothy M. Nywening, Samer Tohme, David A. Geller


Distant metastasis of colorectal cancer to the liver will occur in approximately 50% of patients and surgical resection is associated with improved survival. Over the past decade minimally invasive techniques have been adopted with an increasing number of major hepatic resections performed for both benign and malignant disease, including colorectal cancer liver metastasis. This review aims to provide an overview and summary of the current data on the perioperative and oncologic outcomes of minimally invasive hepatectomy for metastatic colorectal cancer. Furthermore, the application of robotic assisted surgery and the use of minimally invasive techniques in locoregional treatment of colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) are also examined.