■ Ask the anesthesiologist early in the procedure for a low central venous pressure: this significantly reduces overall blood loss.
■ If you use a ligature to secure the right hepatic vein on the liver side: add a large clip to the ligature - this prevents bleeding!
■ If it bleeds despite the clip: do not panic! Compress the right hepatic vein with your finger and continue on the caval side.
■ While you dissect the liver parenchyma, hold the right hemiliver with your left hand or a band for optimal exposure and protection of the cava.
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