Harness Traction Technique (HARNESS): Novel Method for Controlling the Transection Plane during Laparoscopic Hepatectomy

Osamu Itano, Go Oshima, Minoru Kitago, Keiichi Suzuki, Shigeo Hayatsu, Masahiro Shinoda, Yuta Abe, Taizo Hibi, Hiroshi Yagi, Naruhiko Ikoma, Satoshi Aiko, Yuukou Kitagawa

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We present our experience using a novel method for controlling the transection plane, which we termed as the Harness Traction Technique (HARNESS) and evaluate its usefulness. From May 2009 to March 2012, laparoscopic hepatectomies using HARNESS were performed on 35 patients. After the superficial hepatic parenchyma on the line was transected at 1 to 2 cm depth, 5 mm tape was placed along the groove of the line and tied to prevent it from slipping off. Tape was tied and pulled using a forceps toward the best direction for minimizing the bleeding, moving the transection point to the appropriate position and creating good tension for parenchymal transection at the transection point. There were no conversions to laparotomy or intraoperative complications. HARNESS is useful for controlling the dissection line during laparoscopic hepatectomy, leading to precise and safe laparoscopic liver parenchymal dissection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e117-e121
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 19



  • hanging maneuver
  • harness traction technique
  • hemostasis
  • laparoscopic anatomic liver resection
  • laparoscopic hepatectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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