Laparoscopic hepatectomy, what are the benefits to the patient?
Laparoscopic surgery is a routine technique and it was chosen by surgeons at Hepato-biliary Surgery Department for surgical treatment with many advantages. Series of laparoscopic hepatectomy were done successful.
Recently, surgeons at Hepato-biliary Surgery Department performed successfully two cases of hepatectomy by Laparoscopic surgery. It is considered as a radical treatment plan which brings many advantages to the patient: less invasive, less pain after surgery, reduced complications, quick recovery with only small cosmetic scars from 4mm to 1cm.
The first case is a patient named P. T. Q. in the end of May, 2020, Mrs. Q. has abdominal pain and took an ultrasound, was diagnosed a large hemangioma liver at high risk of rupture or necrosis. Even her tumor is benign as diagnosed, however it is necessary to have an early intervention because the liver’s head was broken and causes bleeding and dangerous to patient’s life, therefore doctors indicated to make an early intervention for hepatectomy by laparoscopic surgery.
5 days after the surgery, the patient’s incision was painless and she was discharged. Mrs. Q. didn’t think that her abdominal pain was a sign of a dangerous liver tumor.
“Fortunately, I was treated early and operated by laparoscopic surgery without pain but fast recovered. Through this case, I know that a regular health check is very important to screen and not to ignore any symptom of a dangerous disease”, Mrs. Q. said.
Another case is a patient named N.T.H. She has a right liver tumor since more than 10 years ago but it was negligible development. The patient remains to practice an yoga but recently, she got shortness of breath and pain at the left chest whiledoing yoga. She went to the hospital for consultation and was diagnosed with a left liver tumor.
By checking disease history, examining and imaging diagnosis, her tumor is HCC cause by hepatitis C and larger than 7mm, thus doctors have appointed to have a timely intervention by a laparoscopic surgery.
According to the doctors, both above cases were early diagnosed and timely intervened then it was possible to apply a modern technique of laparoscopic hepatectomy.
Dr. Do Tuan Anh PhD., Chief of Hepato-biliary Surgery Department, VDUH said, laparoscopic hepatectomy is considered as a radical treatment plan which brings many advantages to the patient: less invasive, less pain after surgery, reduced complications, quick recovery with small cosmetic scars from 4mm to 1cm.
However, laparoscopic hepatectomy is a difficult technique, which requires an experienced surgeon, high professional equipment and especially disease detection at an early stage by screening for liver cancer.
What we should do to prevent a liver tumor?
VDUH’s experts give some recommendations to prevent the liver tumor as follows:
– Regularly check health every 6-12 months because the current cost for detection of hepatitis is relatively low, at about 100 to 150 thousand VND. Any health problems related to liver such as increased liver enzymes, fatty liver, hepatitis…, it should be timely treated.
– For patients who has hepatitis B, C, it is required an aggressive treatment and regularly check again every 3-6 months. HBV, HBC are spread through blood, sexual and mother transmission to child. It is requested not to share the tools that could cause bloody such as toothbrushes, needles, nail clippers and tattoo tools.
– Safe sex behaviors.
– Limit alcohol, avoid chemicals that cause cancer, do not eat rice, cereals contaminated with fungus aflatoxin…
– Keep a reasonable weight, avoid weight gain.
– Should get vaccinated against hepatitis B, especially for new born babies to reduce the risk of liver cancer in the future.
In order to help people better understand how to prevent, care for, monitor and treat liver tumors, Hepato-biliary Surgery Department – VDUH is organizing a free consultation program with the topic “Knowledge about liver tumors: Prevention and Treatment”. Participating in this program, people is given a free abdominal ultrasound.
Time: July 25th, 2020 (Saturday).
Place: Consultation room No 05, 2nd Floor, C2 Building, on-demand services area, VDUH, 40 Trang Thi – Hoan Kiem – Ha Noi.