Also known as liver resection surgery, hepatic surgery is performed to remove part of the liver when the patient is suffering from a tumor. Whether the growth is benign or malignant, it can impair liver functioning and is ideally removed surgically. In the case of malignant tumors, surgery is often followed by treatment such as radiation and/or chemotherapy. Not all tumors are resectable, but many are, and your surgeon will work with you to determine an appropriate course of treatment.

Understanding the liver

The liver is a vital organ that functions to metabolize toxins and clean the blood of normal byproducts of human functioning. In other words, it cleans the blood. The liver also produces enzymes and proteins necessary for good health. While it is a critical organ, the liver is also a unique organ in that it can regenerate itself following surgery. Of course, outcomes for each patient are different, but this organ presents an opportunity unlike others of working to reestablish lost functionality over time.