Liver Resection

Diagram of a liver resection.Removal of a part of the liver is done for both malignant and benign conditions. To minimize incisions and reduce recovery time, minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery can be performed for this condition.

The malignancies include:

  • Primary cancer of the liver (hepatoma)
  • Metastatic tumors to the liver (particularly from colon cancer)
  • Various cancers of the biliary tract and gallbladder and
  • Other rare malignant tumors of the liver

The benign conditions include:

  • Hepatic adenomas
  • Large painful cysts
  • Rare infections of the liver and
  • Painful focal nodular hyperplastic tumors of the liver

The diagnosis, decision to operate and postoperative treatments are handled best by a strong interdisciplinary team of hepatologists, radiologists, surgeons and oncologists. Virginia Mason has assembled a team of experts whose published results compare favorably with any medical center in the country. Virginia Mason is well known as a center in which expert surgeons using the latest technology are able to keep blood loss and the need for blood transfusions during liver surgery to a minimum. Virginia Mason's case volumes for liver resection are consistently among the highest in the country. See the Relevant Publications section for references.