What is a liver resection?
A liver resection, or partial hepatectomy, is a surgical procedure to remove tumors in the liver. Removing the cancerous portion of the liver may help to prevent the disease from spreading more. In some incidences, it may also help to prolong the life of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
To perform a liver resection surgery, our surgeons make an incision below the ribcage, across the right side of the upper abdomen. An ultrasound device is used to find the liver tumor(s). The diseased portion of the liver is then removed, along with some adjoining healthy liver tissue.
Liver resection for stomach cancer
Stomach cancer in advanced stages commonly metastasizes (i.e., spreads) to the liver.
Our surgical oncologists regularly perform liver resection procedures. They can be done as either a traditional, open surgical procedure or as a less invasive, laparoscopic procedure.
To determine if liver resection surgery is possible, several factors are considered, including:
- If multiple liver tumors, large liver tumors and tumors in multiple lobes of the liver are present, they may not be able to be surgically removed.
- A significant enough portion of the liver that is healthy must remain in order for it to function properly.
- Liver tumors near blood vessels also may be inoperable. Other treatments such as intra-arterial chemotherapy or chemoembolization may be more appropriate options.
- Patients who have cirrhosis usually do not tolerate liver resection.
The goal in performing liver resection surgery is to prevent the disease from continuing to spread.