SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
versión On-line ISSN 2078-5135
versión impresa ISSN 0256-9574
YAMATAKA, A et al. Role of laparoscopy during surgery at the porta hepatis. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2014, vol.104, n.11, pp.820-824. ISSN 2078-5135. http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.8921.
Minimally invasive surgery in children has evolved to the extent that complex procedures can be performed with safety, with comparable outcomes to open surgery and with the advantages of minimal scarring and less pain. In this article, we describe the latest laparoscopic techniques used at Juntendo University Hospital in Japan, for treating conditions affecting the porta hepatis, focusing on biliary atresia and choledochal cysts. We also summarise our postoperative management protocols and discuss preliminary outcomes.