(Resection, Hepatic; Liver Resection; Resection, Liver)
Reasons for Procedure
- Treat other tumors in the liver, including non-cancerous lesions
- Treat cancer that has spread to the liver—most often seen in those 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
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Liver function tests
- 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
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.
- 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 medications 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 medications to prevent nausea.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
Call Your Doctor
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, warmth, drainage, or bulging at the incision site
- Yellow skin color
- Itchy skin
- Changes in mental status
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Severe abdominal pain and/or swelling
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- Feeling weak or lightheaded
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
American Liver Foundation http://www.liverfoundation.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Canadian Liver Foundation http://www.liver.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/26/2014 -