Liver Resection Surgery

Overview

Liver resection, surgical removal of the liverThe liver is the body’s largest internal organ. It plays a vital role in digestion, producing bile to breakdown food. It also plays a crucial role in eliminating waste by breaking down toxins before they are flushed out. The liver is also a production center for several enzymes crucial to metabolism. Liver cancer is one of the common cancers and is often fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough.

Liver resection is the surgical removal of all or a portion of the liver. It is also referred to as a full or partial hepatectomy. The amount of tissue that will be removed depends on the size and location of the tumor(s). Liver resection is an effective approach for the treatment of different complications that affect the liver.

Related Procedures

Whipple procedure

The Whipple method involves removing a part of the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas.

Cholecystectomy

This refers to the process of removing the gallbladder.

Pancreatic resection

This is the process of removing the head of the pancreas.

Before surgery

Patient preoperative preparations include:

  • An office visit for surgical consultation which includes a comprehensive history and physical, discussion of the details of the treatment plan, tests, and surgical procedure.
  • Completion of clinical tests for workup and staging.
  • Multidisciplinary tumor board review for an expert recommendation regarding treatment strategy.

After surgery

Generally, post-surgery care involves;

  • A brief admission to the ICU  may be required for complex procedures. Recovery then continues in the hospital ward for another three to five days. Procedures performed robotically typically have faster recovery and can expect discharge from the hospital one or two days earlier than after open procedures. 
  • The goals of postoperative care include: monitoring for and intervening on any complications that can occur, awaiting the resumption of normal bowel function, maintaining adequate hydration and nutrition, physical and occupational rehabilitation, and providing adequate pain control. Once these measures are met, the patient is discharged from the hospital. A post-operative follow-up office visit is typically scheduled one week from hospital discharge with Dr. Tierney.
Why you should choose Dr. Tierney
Dr. Joshua S. Tierney Whipple Procedure

Why you should choose Dr. Tierney

Dr. Joshua S. Tierney, MD is a fellowship-trained Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgeon with a wide breadth of experience in complex pancreatic surgery. In addition, he is one of the few surgeons in the country who performs robotic pancreatic surgery. He believes in a multidisciplinary team approach that requires personalized attention and extensive consultation with other medical professionals to develop a treatment plan that is on the cutting edge of cancer care. 

Dr. Tierney received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 2006, a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2011, completed his residency in General Surgery at Vanderbilt University, and completed his Hepatopancreatiobiliary (HPB) and Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Louisville. 

Do you have a medical concern that would require Dr. Tierney’s attention? Schedule an appointment by calling 970-221-5878.