Hepatic Resection



Hepatic resection is surgery to remove part of the liver. The liver is an organ. It helps the body digest food and get rid of toxins.

Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Damage to other organs or structures
  • Low blood glucose levels
  • Liver failure

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity



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.

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

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


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

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


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