Author(s): Llad L, Figueras J
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Throughout the history of liver transplantation many improvements have been made in the field of surgical technique. It is beyond the scope of this paper to review all aspects of surgical technique in liver transplantation; thus, in this review we focus on the description of our current technique in most cases, which is orthotopic liver transplantation with preservation of the inferior vena cava and temporary portocaval shunt. We advocate this technique because it has been demonstrated that it achieves better haemodynamic stability during the anhepatic phase, transfusion can be reduced and renal function is improved. The different options for vascular anastomoses are described, particularly the options for arterial anastomoses in case of finding a non-adequate recipient hepatic artery. Technical possibilities for patients with preoperative portal vein thrombosis and the procedure in case of domino or sequential liver transplantation are further explained.
This article was published in HPB (Oxford)
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy