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—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures in the abdomen
—a test that uses a small amount of radiation to locate areas in the body with abnormal metabolic activity, such as cancers
—a test that uses magnetic waves to make picture of structures in the abdomen
Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure, like:
will be used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the surgery.
Description of the Procedure
The doctor will make an incision in the right upper abdomen, under the rib cage. The doctor will remove any tumors on the liver and some of the surrounding healthy tissue. Sometimes, the gallbladder will also need to be removed. The doctor may use an ultrasound probe to examine the liver during surgery to make sure there are no remaining tumors. Your doctor may leave a drain going from inside your abdomen to outside your body. This will drain any blood or leakage from the liver. The doctor will close your incision with stitches or staples.
Immediately After Procedure
You will be taken to the intensive care unit for about 24 hours. The hospital staff will monitor you.
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. Pain or soreness during recovery will be managed with pain medication.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is three to seven days. The doctor may choose to keep you longer if there are complications.
At the Hospital
You will receive nutrition through an IV. It will be removed once you are eating and drinking.
You may have drains from the incision site to help the wound heal properly. Drains are usually removed before you leave the hospital.
You may have a small catheter put into your bladder to drain urine. It will be removed in a few days.
You will be given medications to manage pain. These may be given through injections, your IV, or through a pump attached to a needle in your arm.
You may be given medications to prevent nausea.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
Not allowing others to touch your incision
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Change your bandages as directed by your doctor.
Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
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