Liver resection is the surgical removal of part of the liver. This procedure is performed for some types of liver cancer and certain cases of colon cancer that have spread to the liver.
Single-Site Laparoscopic Liver Resection
An advanced innovation is the use of single-site laparoscopic surgery for liver resection. The surgeon operates almost exclusively through a single entry, typically the navel.
Patients generally benefit from:
- Less post-operative pain
- Less blood loss
- Better cosmetic results
Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspiration (CUSA)
Used in liver cancer surgery for precise, selective tissue removal. The device aids in tumor debulking and is used in combination with other surgical techniques to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible. With CUSA, the cancer is broken up into small fragments and sucked away from the surface of the epithelium or organs onto which the cancer has spread.
Radiofrequency ablation (RITA) is a safe and effective alternative to treat non-resectable tumors in liver, lung, kidney and bone metastasis.
How RITA Works
The system consists of a generator and a patented electrode. Usually image guidance like CT or ultrasound is used to locate the tumor. The electrode is then inserted into the lesion and the generator is turned on until the target temperature is reached. The total duration of heating is a maximum of 15 minutes. The patient is usually discharged the next day. Complication rates are relatively low.