What does liver surgery mainly treat?

Written by: Professor Krishna Menon
Edited by: Conor Lynch

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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By Professor Krishna Menon

Professor Krishna Menon is a leading consultant liver transplant and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon who is based in London. He has a specialist interest in laparoscopic major liver resection (hepatectomy), liver cancer, laparoscopic major pancreatic resection (pancreatectomy), pancreatic cancer and liver transplantation. He is an expert in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for the pancreas, liver, and removal of the gallbladder.

Professor Menon was appointed to King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2013. Previously, Professor Menon was a consultant surgeon between 2002 to 2012 at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Over the years as a consultant at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and currently at King's, he has helped develop techniques in liver transplantation and HPB.

Professor Menon pioneered laparoscopic techniques in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery and also the laparoscopic liver and pancreatic resections (distal pancreatectomies, pancreatic head resections and left lateral liver resections/major hepatectomy/non-anatomical resections). He is also the president elect for The Great Britain Chapter of the International HPB Association and the vice president of The British Transplantation Society.

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