Revista ABCd (São Paulo). 01 Dec, 2014

Scarless hepatectomy: natural orifice specimen extraction after left lateral sectionectomy

Univaldo E. SAGAE
Ivan R. B. ORSO
Helin Minoru MATSUMOTO
DOI: 10.1590/S0102-67202014000400015


The use of laparoscopy in liver surgery is well established and considered as the gold standard for small resections. The laparoscopic resections have lower morbidity and better cosmetic results, but still require an incision to remove the surgical specimen. The possibility of remove the specimen through natural orifices and avoid an abdominal incision may further improve the benefits offered by minimally invasive procedures.


To describe the technique of transvaginal extraction of the specimen after laparoscopic liver left lateral sectionectomy.


The laparoscopic liver resection is performed in a standard fashion. After completing the resection, the specimen is placed into a retrieval plastic bag. To perform de extraction, a vaginal colpotomy is performed, guided by a 12 mm trocar introduced through the vagina. Then the extraction bag is removed pulling the bag through the extended incision in the posterior wall of the vagina. After the extraction, the colpotomy incision is closed laparoscopically.


This technique was performed in a 74-year-old woman with a 3 cm lesion between liver segments 2 and 3. She had a fast and uneventful recovery.


This technique appears to be feasible, safe and avoid the complications of an abdominal incision.

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