In this article below, the risks associated with laparoscopic liver surgery are outlined, and recovery time detailed, as expert liver transplant and hepatoppancreatobiliary surgeon, Mr Krishna Menon, provides a comprehensive overview of laparoscopic liver surgery.
What exactly does laparoscopic liver surgery involve?
It involves making small little cuts in the stomach, and then a telescope is passed through. This allows surgeons to see the liver on a screen. We make a cut right at the bottom of the tummy, and this is where we take out the liver.
What are the main risks and complications?
The main risk when operating on the liver is bleeding. This could be catastrophic in liver surgery. Sometimes, infection and leakage can occur.
Who is the ideal candidate?
There is no ideal candidate for laparosopic liver surgery. Of course, the patient has to be fit enough for the surgery.
What does liver surgery mainly treat?
Laparoscopic liver surgery is performed in order to remove a tumour from the liver. It can remove both non-cancerous and cancerous tumours.
What is recovery time like?
If a small part of the liver has been removed, patients will need to stay in hospital for between two to three days, and four to five days if they have had half of their liver removed. The functional recovery is made after four to six, compared to 12 weeks after one goes open surgery.
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