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Liver resection

Hepatectomy

Liver resection is a treatment for benign and malignant growths in the liver, through open surgery and other techniques

About

Liver metastasis (secondary cancer) is particularly common with colorectal cancer. If liver damage is minimal and the cancer is contained in a small part of it, resection may be possible, where the cancerous portion is removed. Whether this option is right for you will depend on a number of factors.

Need to know

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    This procedure is done under general anaesthetic. Strategies for liver resection will depend on the site, number and size of tumours and, for metastatic disease, the origin of the tumour. Open resection is the most frequent approach where your abdomen is cut under the right side of the rib cage. Ultrasound-guided radiofrequency-assisted resection can be considered if a goal is minimal blood loss. Sometimes laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is an option, where small cuts are made to provide access for the laparoscope and surgical instruments. The cut or cuts will be closed either with metal clips (removed after 10 days) or with dissolvable sutures.
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    You'll need to attend a pre-op assessment where you'll be asked about your general health, previous operations, allergies and any medications you're on. You may have some blood tests as well as an ECG. If necessary, an anaesthetist may also see you. All food and clear fluids must not be taken for six hours and three hours, respectively, prior to the procedure. On the day itself, your consultant and anaesthetist will come to see you before your operation. This is to ensure you fully understand what will happen, and to address any further questions or concerns you may have. Once this is concluded, you will then be asked to sign a consent form.
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    As liver resection is a complex surgical procedure, you will need to spend 1‒2 nights in intensive care. You can expect to be in hospital for around seven to 10 days, sometimes longer, for monitoring. Your pain will be controlled with painkillers given intravenously or with an epidural infusion. If your procedure was an open resection, you'll have a fairly large wound on the upper part of your abdomen. This will heal in 1‒2 weeks. Full recovery however, may take eight to 10 weeks. The resected liver tissue will be sent for analysis, and your consultant will have follow-up appointments with you to discuss histology results and plan next steps.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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