Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Excess bleeding
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low blood sugar
- Liver failure
Factors that may increase the chance of complications:
- 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.
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