(Resection, Hepatic; Liver Resection; Resection, Liver)
Reasons for Procedure
- Treat other liver tumors (including benign [non-cancerous] lesions)
- Treat cancer that has spread to the liver (most often seen in patients with colon cancer )
- Liver transplant donation
- Treat trauma to the liver
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- Excess bleeding
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low blood sugar
- Liver failure
- Pre-existing liver disease (eg, cirrhosis , cholestasis)
- Drinking large amounts of alcohol, either before or after surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- You may be given chemotherapy to shrink liver tumors.
- You may meet with a doctor who specializes in liver surgery.
Your doctor may do tests to determine the exact location of the tumors:
- Abdominal ultrasound —a test that uses sound waves to make an image in the abdomen
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures in the abdomen
- PET scan —a test that uses a small amount of radiation to locate areas in the body with abnormal metabolic activity, such as cancers
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make picture of structures in the abdomen
- Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, ibuprofen , naproxen )
- Blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin (Coumadin)
- Anti-platelet drugs, such as clopidogrel (Plavix)
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- You will receive nutrition through an IV. It will be removed once you are eating and drinking, usually in few days.
- You may have drains from the incision site to help the wound heal properly. Drains are usually removed before you leave the hospital.
- You may have a small catheter put into your bladder to drain urine. It will be removed in a few days.
- You will be given medicines to manage pain. These may be given through injections, your IV, or through a pump attached to a needle in your arm.
- You may be given medicines to prevent nausea.
- Change your bandages as directed by your doctor.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Take pain medicines as needed.
- You may begin to feel better in about six weeks.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, warmth, drainage, or bulging at the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or that last for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Severe abdominal pain
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Feeling weak or dizzy
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -