Laparoscopic/Robotic Liver Ablation for Liver Tumor
Local therapy with thermal ablation is a secondary alternative treatment option for various tumors in patients who are not suitable for liver resection. Marginal liver reserve, the need to remove excessive amounts of normal liver to clear a small tumor (<3cm), and the patient's inability to tolerate major operation due to medical issues are the most common reasons to recommend ablation instead of liver resection.
Laparoscopic Liver Ablation: Why It's a Better Choice!
Laparoscopic Liver Ablation is associated with lower tumor recurrence when compared to those delivered percutaneously by an interventional radiologist (6% vs. 14%). The laparoscopic or robotic approach also provides the opportunity to perform a direct inspection of the entire abdominal cavity and liver surface for small metastatic tumors otherwise not detected on high-quality CT/MRI scans (18%). Many patients can be discharged after 6-12 hours of observation.
Robotic Liver Ablation for Liver Tumor: How We Do It
Dr. Iswanto Sucandy utilizes a microwave energy system to ablate and eliminate tumors. This procedure is performed via a single laparoscopic incision or several small incisions using robotic assistance. Using a videoscopic camera, we are able to visualize the liver surface directly and undertake the tumor ablation under real-time ultrasound guidance. The robotic liver ablation probe is carefully inserted into the center of the tumors avoiding the surrounding organs such as the diaphragm, stomach, kidney, main bile duct, major vessels, small intestine, and colon to prevent injury to those structures.
Robotic Liver ablation for the liver tumor is also frequently done in combination with tissue preserving liver resection to achieve tumor-free status when additional tumors are present on the other liver lobe. Dr. Iswanto Sucandy and his team frequently perform combined minimally invasive robotic liver resection and liver ablations for primary and metastatic tumors with excellent outcomes.