Surgery for liver cancer

Surgery is one of the main treatments for early cancer that started in the liver (primary liver cancer). 

You might have part of your liver removed (a resection) or a liver transplant.

Types of surgery for liver cancer

Different types of surgery for liver cancer include removal of part of the liver (liver resection or lobectomy) or liver transplant.

Transplant surgery for liver cancer

A liver transplant is an operation to remove your liver and replace it with a healthy liver from a donor. Find out more.

Preparing for cancer surgery to remove part of your liver

Find out about the tests you might have before surgery, what to expect at the pre assessment clinic and what might happen the evening before your operation.

Going into hospital for cancer surgery to remove part of your liver

Find out what you might need to take into hospital and what to sort out before you go.

After cancer surgery to remove part of your liver

Find out what to expect immediately after surgery and when you go home.

Problems after cancer surgery to remove part of your liver

There is a risk of problems (complications) after any operation. Find out about the possible problems after having a liver resection, including infection or bleeding.

Last reviewed: 
25 Nov 2021
Next review due: 
25 Nov 2024
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