Liver Donor Living Donor Research

Laparoscopic Living Liver Hepatectomy in Japan

Researchers in Japan compared 31 live liver donors who underwent the laparoscopic-assisted hybrid left-side donor hepatectomy with 14 who had the traditional open procedure.

The operative time was significantly longer in the laparoscopic group (510 ± 90 min) than in the open group (P < 0.001). A large right liver lobe was identified as a significant risk factor for prolonged operative time. An evaluation questionnaire revealed faster recovery of the physical component summary score and bodily pain score in the laparoscopic group than in the open group.


Important: the left lobe is smaller and generally used during adult-to-child live liver donation. This research does not refer to adult-to-adult live liver transplantation.



Marubashi S, Wada H, Kawamoto K, Kobayashi S, Eguchi H, Doki Y, Mori M, & Nagano H (2013). Laparoscopy-Assisted Hybrid Left-Side Donor Hepatectomy. World journal of surgery PMID: 23736986

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