Laparoscopic donor hepatectomy: First experience from Indian sub-continent
Natesan Anand Vijai1, Palanisamy Senthilnathan1, Vikram Annamaneni1, Sandeep C Sabnis1, Arvinder Singh Soin2, Chinnusamy Palanivelu1
1 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation, GEM Hospital and Research Centre, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta - The Medicity, Gurugram, Haryana, India
Sandeep C Sabnis,
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation, GEM Hospital and Research Center, 45/A, Pankaja Mill Road, Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore - 641 045, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Liver transplantation is a ray of hope for thousands of patients with end-stage liver disease but is currently challenged by the scarcity of donor organs worldwide. Unlike kidney transplantation where minimally invasive donor organ procurement has almost become a norm, laparoscopic procurement of hemi-liver from a living donor is still in the infancy of development, at least in the Indian sub-continent. Minimally invasive surgery has made its way into different procedures of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, but only a few centres in the world are performing pure laparoscopic donor hepatectomy. We report two cases of total laparoscopic donor hepatectomy, and to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report from Indian sub-continent.