Surgery

When it comes to liver cancer, the most effective treatment option is surgery, since successful removal of the cancer leads to improved long-term survival. There are two types of surgery used to treat liver cancer:

  • Partial or wedge hepatectomy involves removing the area of the liver where the tumor is located, along with a margin of healthy surrounding tissue.
  • Lobectomy (right vs. left) – During liver resection, half of the liver is removed that contains the tumor.
  • Trisegmentectomy (right vs. left) – During a trisegmentectomy, 70 percent of the liver is removed. An experienced liver surgeon is mandatory for this procedure, as vital structures within the liver must be preserved.
  • Total hepatectomy (liver transplant) is required in certain cases involving extensive cancer. During this highly complex surgery, the entire liver is removed, and then replaced with a healthy donor liver.

At Hoag, our expert team of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeons performs the highest volume of liver surgeries in California, including all forms of liver resection, such as right lobectomy, left lobectomy, trisegmentectomy and segmentectomy (wedge resection). And in cases when total hepatectomy is required, Hoag patients receive streamlined care into the highest volume liver transplant program in California.

In addition, the Hoag-USC surgical team perform

s more minimally invasive liver surgeries than any other surgical program in Southern California. Being a high-volume liver cancer surgical program enables the gastrointestinal experts at Hoag to achieve a technical skill level not all facilities can match.