Hepatic Lobectomy Research Paper

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Hepatic lobectomy or segmentectomy is surgery to remove a part of the liver. This surgery is done when a part of the liver is diseased. The liver is the largest organ in the body and is involved in many important bodily functions. The liver contains two main lobes, right and left. Each lobe can be divided into segments. In a lobectomy, the entire right or left lobe is removed. In a segmentectomy, one or more parts of the lobe (segments) are removed. After the diseased section is removed, the liver can regrow healthy liver tissue in a matter of weeks.

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Fluids and medicine will flow directly into your body through the IV tube.
• You will be given a medicine to make you fall asleep (general anesthetic).
• An incision will be made in your abdomen. Ultrasound imaging will be used to confirm the area of your liver that needs to be removed.
• The surgeon will access your liver by hand and will use a device to mark the section to be removed.
• Using a small scalpel, electric cutting device, or ultrasonic cutting device, the surgeon will separate the two lobes or the appropriate segments. The diseased lobe or segment will then be removed.
• Your abdomen will be closed with stitches, staples, or glue.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.

• Your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood oxygen level will be monitored often until the medicines you were given have worn off.
• You will wake up groggy and may feel nauseous briefly because of the anesthetic.
• You will receive medicines to control pain.
• You will be encouraged to get up and move around about three times a day.

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