Numerous reports have documented the feasibility and safety of laparoscopic liver resection for select patients. As the assessment of this approach matures, medium- and long-term outcomes have begun to reach the level of publication. Consistent with other recent work,1- 3 Lai and coworkers demonstrate a midterm survival comparable to that of the open technique. These results support the ability of minimal-access surgery to be performed in an oncologically sound manner for the resection of primary HCC.
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