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Liver Surgery - What You Need To Know

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MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Laparoscopic, Burns & Plastic
General Surgeon, Delhi  •  32 years experience
Liver Surgery - What You Need To Know

Liver surgery or reception is actually a very serious operation that should always be done by some skilled or experienced surgeons. Due to the fact that the person with liver cancer also has some other issues besides cancer that is why surgeons need to remove enough for the liver so that all of the cancer can be removed and still has to leave a decent amount and so that the liver functions properly. Liver plays an important part in the clotting of blood and also the factors that a lot of blood passed through it and the fact that after the rejection of liver there is usually lot of bleeding so that is a primary concern.



Possible Side-effects of Risks involving Liver Resection
Surgery or liver resection is a very important operation so it is necessary that you are healthy enough to go for the surgery and the doctor is sure of the benefits compared to the risks as every surgery bears risks of its own. This surgery is no different as it also has some risks such as:

  1. Blood clots in the lungs
  2. There is action may cause some damage to the surrounding organs
  3. Pneumonia is always common risk
  4. Although bleeding is a risk with any surgery, the stake can be much higher in this case. This is due to the fact that huge amount of blood passes through the liver. As liver helps in the clotting of blood this surgery can affect this also.
  5. People who are getting liver transplant have specially a concern in the form of infection as they need to take proper medicines to repress the immune system. People who are taking medicines can be affected with serious infections and in some cases medicines also cause there own side effects.
  6. In Spite of having proper medicines to repress the new system there is always a possibility that the body Would Still reject a new liver.

What to expect after the surgery
It will take your time to do your regular day to day activities as your bowel movements will still not function properly. Eventually you can resume your regular lifestyle once you leave the hospital. You should definitely about yourself from lifting heavy things for several weeks and you should definitely follow the instructions given by your doctor.

Feeling weakness is pretty much normal and the duration of time to heal from an operation varies from one person to another. People undergoing laparoscopic hepatectomy is likely to go home sooner than the person undergoing open hepatectomy.

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