During this procedure, the surgeon will either use a long cut, or incision in the abdomen, or it can be done laparoscopically in a less invasive procedure. The laparoscopic option involves several small incisions in the abdomen, in which, long, thin surgical tools are placed to remove part of the liver.
The main tool that makes this possible is called a laparoscope, which is a thin stick-like tool with a tiny camera on the end of it. It allows the surgeon to see inside the body and perform the surgery without the need for a larger opening.
The surgery may be done differently depending on the cancer size, location, how much it has spread, the health and function of the liver, as well as the overall health of the patient. Up to 80% of the liver can be removed by this procedure, while still ensuring the ability for the liver to regenerate. University of Cincinnati Cancer Center physicians have the expertise and technology to ensure the return of healthy liver function during the recovery process.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Resection vs. Open Resection
The main benefit of a laparoscopic liver resection is a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay. It is also unlikely for scarring to occur, and if it does, it would be barely visible. Most importantly, the cancer outcome is not compromised by going with one option over the other.