The life expectancy continues to gradually increase worldwide. Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) was recently reported to be a relatively safe procedure for treatment of liver disease because of the development of new techniques and instruments. The aim of this study was to evaluate the surgical outcomes of elderly patients who underwent LLR. Of these 61 patients who underwent LLR in our institute from January 2010 through April 2014, 21 were aged 75 years and above (group E), and 40 were aged below 75 years (group NE). Patient characteristics were retrospectively analyzed between the 2 groups. The results showed that patient characteristics were similar between the 2 groups, although the incidence of hypertension was significantly greater among patients in group E. There were no significant differences in the incidence of postoperative complications or length of hospital stay between the 2 groups. In conclusion, LLR for elderly patients was a feasible procedure compared with nonelderly patients.
*Department of Gastroenterological and Pediatric Surgery, Oita University Faculty of Medicine
†Oita University, Oita, Japan
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Reprints: Hiroki Uchida, MD, Department of Gastroenterological and Pediatric Surgery, Oita University Faculty of Medicine, 1-1 Hasama-machi, Yufu, Oita 879-5593, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received December 13, 2014
Accepted May 15, 2015