A liver resection is the surgical removal of all or a portion of the liver. It is also referred to as a hepatectomy, full or partial.
Most hepatectomies are performed for the treatment of hepatic disease, both benign or malignant. The most common malignant cancers of the liver are metastases; those arising from colorectal cancer are among the most common, and the most amenable to surgical resection.
Physicians recommend this procedure when they believe there may be cancer present and they can remove it from part of your liver. Often times removing the cancer through surgery is the only way that offers a cure or may be helpful in shrinking and slowing down the cancer.
For this procedure, patients can expect to stay in the hospital from 7-10 days, and most patients return home within one week. This procedure is an invasive one, and patients generally require 2-3 weeks to regain full function.