Hepatic Surgery

Hepatic Surgery is the procedure to treat primary or secondary tumours of the liver. It offers excellent palliation and sometimes cure of the process.

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Hepatic Surgery in Spain

Spain is a pioneer in this laparoscopic liver surgery. Of the total number of hepatectomies performed per year, about 60% are performed laparoscopically.

If you are interested in this type of surgery, contact us for more information. In Spain you will find world-renowned figures for hepatobiliary surgery.

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    Treatment characteristics

    Liver surgery is the type of treatment used both to explore the affected organ and remove samples for the study to diagnose the pathology and to resect the affected part (or remove the organ so that a functional part of the liver can be transplanted) suitable for liver metastases or tumours in the liver.

    This surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes 60-90 minutes if it is to extract samples or 120-300 minutes if it is to resect a part of the liver.

    It is mostly performed by laparoscopy and consists of making millimeter incisions through which the surgeon inserts the surgical instruments that will allow him to perform one surgery or another.

    After the surgery you will go to the recovery room and from there to the ward where you will stay between 3 to 7 days although, sometimes for up to 2 weeks.

    You may need to remain in Spain between two weeks and a couple of months depending on the reason for the surgery. However, by means of this technique it is usually possible to reduce recovery time significantly.

    Relevant information

    Advantages

    • Smaller incisions.
    • Less risk of bleeding.
    • Better vision for the surgeon.
    • Reduction of the time of hospitalisation.

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)​.
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which you will be asked to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.​
    • If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!​.
    • The same goes for any fasting that the doctor indicates, if you do not comply – You will not be able to have the surgery either.

    After treatment

    • After your discharge from the hospital, you will have to follow your doctor’s instructions, which will range from resting to prohibiting the intake of products containing lactate, as well as a specific food plan.
    • Remember that your recovery time will vary depending on your age, your physical condition, your lifestyle habits and your attitude!
    • Keep in mind that your successful recovery also depends on you!

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