Patient Comments: Liver Resection - Patient Experience

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Did you or a loved one qualify for liver resection and undergo the procedure? Please explain your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

In 2013 I was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. Surgery and 12 rounds of chemotherapy followed. Five years later it had metastasized to my liver. Five rounds of chemotherapy would be unsuccessful. Early detection was on my side. I benefitted from a portal vein immobilization procedure in January 2019, seven weeks later surgery to remove the right lobe, and left lobe is regenerating! Twelve weeks post-surgery I’m at full time hours again. My family is so grateful!

Comment from: GerberaDaisy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I had a liver resection about six weeks ago due to a 13cm tumor. Two MRIs showed I had focal nodular hyperplasia, but during surgery they discovered it was hepatocellular carcinoma. They removed about half of my left lobe (6 hours of laparoscopic surgery). I was in the hospital for three days and have had a pretty uneventful recovery so far. I would compare it to having a C-section as far as pain and moving around goes. I went back to work after four weeks and am now off all pain medicines.

Comment from: Jill, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 29

On October 29th my husband went to the hospital for a routine laparoscopic gall bladder removal. The surgeon was aware of a 9 cm hemangioma of the liver, but was not concerned - thought he was prepared. The hemangioma spontaneously ruptured while in surgery and he lost 3 1/2 liters of blood while the surgical team resected the liver and struggled to stop the bleeding. He spent 9 days in CCU and 6 additional days in the hospital. He is doing well, but has not returned to work after 12 weeks.

Comment from: Boss, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had a FNH (focal nodular hyperplasia) removed plus my gallbladder and 30 percent of my liver via laparoscopic procedure in 2016. I was complication free and sent home after 4 days in the hospital. I woke up with upper right quadrant pain which has persisted. I was diagnosed with Intercostal neuralgia. I believe inadequate pain control in the first 2 weeks after surgery contributed to my chronic condition.

Comment from: Alicia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I had a liver resection because of a very large adenoma (benign tumor). I stayed in the ICU for a week and then had another exploratory surgery, got a biliary catheter that was removed a few months later. I had to get a new catheter placed a few months later and when it was removed 3 months after it got placed I started to feel like myself again. The whole process took a little over a year and it was exhausting physically and mentally. It was a slow recovery but I’m finally free from all of it.

Comment from: Mmm72, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I'm having liver resection on Friday for a 6 cm adenoma and I'm nervous, especially after reading about the complications. They are taking out the left side. The doctor says it's a straight forward surgery and that my tumor is in the best spot possible, but I'm still scared.

Comment from: A, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had a benign FNH (focal nodular hyperplasia) tumor that kept growing and causing pain. Post liver resection I spent 6 days in the hospital and went home. I later had complications with my breathing and my lungs had lots of fluid. It’s mostly gone now and my breathing is getting back to normal. I had the resection 12 weeks ago and I’m getting back to my daily routine but still having a hard time with pain. My incision still hurts a lot, my abdomen is still numb to touch but painful and swollen.

Comment from: Ted, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I had liver resection surgery 6 months ago. There were multiple complications. I was in hospital for ten and a half weeks. I have had a very slow recovery, but getting there. Incision is still quite tender but way better than it was. I am looking forward to the future.

Comment from: *, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I had my liver resection surgery done in September 2017. I was in intensive care 5 days in the hospital. It is now 26 days and I am still in lots of pain. They will not give me any pain medicines, just Tylenol. I have a lot of pain in my lower right stomach. After the surgery I got a big hernia and will not fix until I find out if I have to have a liver transplant. I have a lot of headaches all the time and can't seem to get much done. I wish you all the best, stay strong.

Comment from: DebH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

At age 48, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer that spread to the liver, and I had 40 percent of my liver removed for two tumors. Recovery from liver resection has been painful and eating is uncomfortable as I feel full quite quickly. It has been 3 1/2 weeks since surgery. The surgery went well (they did remove gall bladder as others noted), and I'm just trying to figure out how much I'll be impacted in the months ahead.

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Comment from: Tmok, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 26

My girlfriend underwent liver resection surgery to remove a liver tumor when she was 10, subsequently declared cancer free in 2016 at the age of 16, but then was re-diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Three tumors were found in her uterus, brain and liver once again.

Comment from: stillpain, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

I had a liver resection. It was like open heart surgery. The incision was from left to right; someone told me like a C-section. I was on pain medication in the hospital. But when I came home pain did not go away. I still feel the pain on liver area. I feel hard when I feel myself on the right lower side belly. I do not know why I still have pain even after 2 years. My gall bladder was removed. I am thinking removal of gall bladder is causing pain. Even the surgeon was not able to understand why I still have pain. I am hoping someone who has similar experience can tell me if this right lower side of belly pain is still present. I was taking hydrocodone for a long time, but now I switched to methadone. I want to stop, but pain comes back within 4 or 5 hours. I feel horrible.

Comment from: tjl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I had liver resection on 5/18/2016. They removed a cyst that was 10 X 11 cm and was hemorrhaging. I spent two days in ICU and was up walking the second day. I went back to a desk job after 60 days. But I have struggled with fatigue ever since. Other issues such as frequent infections and constipation that I have had all of my life are now gone. I am also so grateful to the doctors, nurses and radiology technicians who advocated for me throughout. It was exciting to find other patients who have had this surgery. The fatigue issue has been my concern all along. I began exercising two to three times a week after a year and the fatigue has improved. But I still have two or so days a month that I simply have to take a day off and get total rest for about 24 hours. After 18 months, I am still not able to work a 40 hour week regularly.

Comment from: Iggy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had a liver resection on 10/7/2015. The left lobe of my liver and an 18 cm hemangioma weighing 2 pounds was removed. I spent 2 days in ICU but got up and walked the first day, a bit bent over but I walked. I walked every day, sat in a chair and followed every instruction they gave me. I did develop a pulmonary embolism that is being addressed at this time. I think I am doing great, I still have a bit of trouble standing up straight due to incision and I get tired very quickly, but I nap when needed and am giving my body a chance to recover. I am hoping to return to work on 11/18/2015.

Comment from: sand1974, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I had liver resection surgery in October 2012, and it was a very tough time. After surgery, I didn't have to go to ICU, because I did so well during surgery. The first night was horrible, because they gave my fentanyl in my pain pump; terrible for pain. The next night I was given Dilaudid, and things started to improve. I got up to walk, and things looked up. I'm told that I will have to have this surgery again, and I'm ready. It took me about a week after I got home, before I was able to really do normal activities.

Comment from: marg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had a hepatic hemangioma. It was symptomatic, it was swollen, painful and caused ongoing severe headaches and minor infections. I had liver resection and after 55 percent was removed along with the gallbladder, I had a long adjustment to wellness. Immediately the headaches and infections stopped. It was a difficult recovery, 3 pockets of fluids needed abdominal drains, a chest tube was required to drain fluid around my lung, and 3 weeks of antibiotics were needed. Upon discharge I was several months returning to good health as my insides were in muscle spasms and I was unable to tolerate foods. It's a serious surgery with lots of down time, but I am thankful to the doctors who helped me and especially the nurses who advocated for me when I felt rotten afterwards. Six months later I am still struggling with digestion as the only unresolved problem. I see I traded headaches for tummy aches. I am still off work, it is a long road back to health.

Comment from: Greengirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I will be having a left and right biliary resection along with lymph node removal due to a diagnosis of stage 2 gall bladder cancer following its removal. This would be classified as preventive since the liver does not appear to be cancerous. I am most anxious about pain after surgery along with drain tubes. I have had both knees replaced and hope that I can handle it.

Comment from: Nat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

It is 16 weeks on from liver resection. Tiredness seems to be the main issue and stiffness where the wound is, which is gradually getting better. I was discharged from hospital after 6 days.

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Comment from: gutshot, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

Nine months ago I was injured in the abdomen. I lost half my liver in resection. The plumbing is connected to one kidney, my spleen, some of my pancreas, and don't know what all else. Now I am having problems with lungs, heart, and something in lower abdomen. I can’t find any words of encouragement that this much can be done and survive. I wonder if I am just dying slower, if so if it will get more painful.

Comment from: kFARROW, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I wonder if anyone had to have a drain put in. I am having resection surgery in a week and a half. The doctor has told me I would have to have one, just wondering about the specifics.