Hepatic Resection

Overview

Definition

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

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will review potential problems, like:

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

Factors that may increase the chance of complications:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • 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. However, this regrowth can happen more slowly in older people.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Resection, Hepatic; Liver Resection; Resection, Liver)

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org 

American Liver Foundation http://www.liverfoundation.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca 

Canadian Liver Foundation http://www.liver.ca 

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