The Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, has become the first health care facility in the country to use the laparoscopy technique to perform a liver transplant.
The surgery, performed in March 2012, left the donor and the patient with a minimum post-operative pain and infection, according to hospital officials.
The Far Eastern Memorial Hospital general surgery director Chen Kuo-hsin was reported by Taipei Times as saying that the donor of the liver was left with an incision roughly a quarter of the size needed during conventional surgery.
The part of the liver tissue received from the donor was transplanted by conventional method into a 55-year-old patient who had a liver tumour and Hepatitis B.
According to Kuo-hsin, the use of the surgical technique to remove liver tissue from a live donor during a transplant was not only a first in Taiwan, but remains uncommon throughout the world.
Laparoscopic surgery's main advantages are that it limits post-operative pain felt by patients and reduces the odds of infection after surgery because of the small incision made, Chen added.