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Doctor insights on: What To Expect After Liver Resection

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What is the likelihood of death for a liver resection?

What is the likelihood of death for a liver resection?

Depends: It depends on the patient's general condition, previous operations, reason for resection, and type of resection planned. In the hands of an experienced hepatobiliary team, mortality should be less than 5% for most patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Has anyone else had a liver resection and lived a long time?

Yes!: Definitely. The aim of liver resection is to remove the tumor and hopefully achieve a cure. Long term survival rates vary by tumor type. Unfortunately, some patients will have a recurrence, but others will go on to live many years. ...Read more

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If I am not a candidate for liver resection, what should I do?

If I am not a candidate for liver resection, what should I do?

Discussion: There are many reasons why a person with liver cancer would not be a liver resection candidate. These include but are limited to: advanced liver disease (decompensated cirrhosis), spread of liver cancer outside of the liver, invasion into a vein in the liver, and other medical conditions. Discuss with your liver doctor and liver surgeon what your options are. Always consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a type 1 diabetic to have high/low swings in sugar levels 5mos after liver resection?

Is it normal for a type 1 diabetic to have high/low swings in sugar levels 5mos after liver resection?

Brittle: Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes is often brittle with swings in blood sugars at times without rhyme or reason. The liver does play an important role in glucose metabolism, but I doubt that partial resection of the liver is a major cause of the blood sugar swings. A diabetologist or endocrinologist is better qualified to answer your question. Addition of some of the newer diabetic meds may help. ...Read more

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I had a liver resection 4 weeks ago. My right lobe was removed with a big tumour that had grown inside it. How long should liver take to regenerate?

I had a liver resection 4 weeks ago. My right lobe was removed with a big tumour that had grown inside it. How long should liver take to regenerate?

Depends.: The answer depends mostly on how much of the liver was removed and whether the remaining liver has underlying liver disease, such as viral hepatitis. Most patients begin healing within 10 days and have a complete restoration of normal liver size within 3-6 months, if there are no complications. Every patient is different, however. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the main groups of patients who are candidates for liver resection and/or ablation?

What are the main groups of patients who are candidates for liver resection and/or ablation?

Depends: Liver tumors in people healthy enough to have them resected are normally recommended resection. People in worse health medically or those with tumors in areas that cannot be resected can be offered ablation in certain cases. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma when a liver resection is performed and stage 2?

What is the prognosis of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma when a liver resection is performed and stage 2?

Good: There are other factors involved in prognosis that depend on what the tumor looks like under the microscope. If the margin of resection was negative and the lymph nodes are negative, the prognosis is excellent at 5 years. ...Read more

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What are things I can do for chronic pain after gall bladder/liver resection surgery?

What are things I can do for chronic pain after gall bladder/liver resection surgery?

Tough one: Chronic visceral pain is difficult. The 2 most likely sources of pain are scar tissue and nerves. There are some medications that are worth trying for the nerve pain such as amitryptilline. No medication that I'm aware of is helpful for scar tissue. It's probably best to focus on relaxation techniques, alternative therapies (accupuncture), gentle massage or stretching, meditation/prayer. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Liver Surgery (Definition)

Liver surgery is, simply put, surgery on liver tissue. It's is usually done for tumor or cyst in liver. It can be done via open ( large incision), laparoscopic (small cuts) or recently with robot (da vinci ). Liver consists of many segments and any one if them can b removed depending on type ...Read more