• Liver Resection

    Asked by rdsd on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Liver Resection

    Please tell me all about a liver resection. How long were you in hospital? How long till you were able to do normal things? Did the operation help your liver mets?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I don't have any experience with liver mets, but I know several people who have had successful liver resections.

      This article from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York should be helpful.
      https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/patient-education/about-your-liver-surgery

      7 days ago
    • Marz416's Avatar
      Marz416

      I had surgery in 2012: colon and liver surgery (stage IV due to met to the liver)
      Removed 75% of the liver. I still see my oncologist every 6 weeks and get colonoscopy’s annually. Next is a CT. I have a tumor on my spleen that we need to watch and make sure there’s no uptake. I think this is life if I were to define it.. I can accept this as my now/new normal. I want to be around for many more years....

      6 days ago
    • Kbaarch's Avatar
      Kbaarch

      I had a colon and liver resection about one year ago when I was 67- open surgery. I had tumors on all 8 sections of the liver- (12 to 16) an 8 hour operation- wedge resections etc. I was in the hospital 5 days. My gallbladder had already been removed.
      I returned to the gym after 10 weeks. I had to reduce my daily dog walks for about two weeks- no energy. I walked up stairs on the fourth day.

      My 13” “J” scar was tender for a while. Pain was not too bad- you don’t feel much except the muscles that they cut. I still have some soreness and tenderness at the top of the scar. Scar was tender for quite a while. Put scar reducer medication on it.

      PET scan still shows two leisions on the liver. Blood tests are good and CEA is normal. More chemo eventually.

      Have no illusions- this is major surgery but easily survivable. I would not be very healthy (or maybe even alive) without the surgery. Plan on three months for “recovery” and 1 year for normalcy. Of course everyone is different depending on age, fitness etc. Good luck!

      6 days ago

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