Hepatic Resection

Hepatic resection is surgery to remove a portion of the liver.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • 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

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Hepatic resection is surgery to remove a portion of the liver.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Hepatic resection is most often used to treat cancer in the liver. It can also be done for the following reasons:

    • Treat other tumors in the liver (including benign [non-cancerous] lesions)

    • Treat cancer that has spread to the liver (most often seen in patients with
      colon cancer
    • Liver transplant
    • Treat trauma to the liver
    Liver Cancer Due to Liver Disease (Cirrhosis)
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  • Possible Complications

    Your doctor will review possible complications such as:

    • Excess bleeding
    • Reaction to anesthesia
    • Infection
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Low blood sugar
    • Liver failure

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, liver disease, or obesity

    Long-term side effects are uncommon. This is because the liver is able to regrow and function normally within a few months. But, this can happen more slowly in older patients.