The liver is a large vital organ located to the right of the stomach. It plays an important role in digestion and detoxification, as it secretes bile, metabolizes chemicals and filters the blood. The liver has incredible regenerative potential and is capable of quickly replacing cells that have been damaged or lost due to disease or toxins. However, a wide range of diseases and conditions can affect the organ, from cirrhosis to liver cancer. In many cases, liver surgery is required to manage liver disorders and diseases or otherwise slow their progression.
Did you know…
that you can live without part of your liver? In fact, up to half of the liver can be removed safely when the remainder of the liver is healthy. Currently, liver resection is the most common type of liver operation performed in Bradenton and the U.S. Not only is this type of operation used to treat disease, but is also the procedure used when a person donates part of his or her liver to a loved one in need of transplant.
Your surgeon will use imaging scans, such as MRI and CT scans, to determine if surgery will be an effective means of treating or managing your condition. This may include identifying the location and number of masses in the liver, their distribution, and how much healthy liver tissue will remain after resectioning.
Liver resection procedures are performed under general anesthesia. The operation typically takes between two and five hours, during which time a Bradenton surgeon will remove the donor part or diseased part of the liver, as well as some of the healthy liver tissue surrounding it. Most patients spend a week or less recovering in the hospital before going home.
Laparoscopic liver resection is available in Bradenton for certain qualifying patients depending on the size and location of the tumors. Laparoscopic liver surgery requires a few small incisions instead of one large abdominal incision. The benefit is a shorter recovery time, less scarring, less pain after surgery and often a shorter hospital stay. Only your surgeon can determine if open or laparoscopic liver surgery is right for you.