Liver Surgery Specialist

Association Of South Bay Surgeons -  - General Surgeon

Association Of South Bay Surgeons

General Surgeons & Breast Cancer Surgeons located in Torrance, CA and San Pedro, CA

Liver malfunctions may be caused by cysts, cancer, or something else. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is critical to maintain good health. The surgeons of Association of South Bay Surgeons in Torrance, California and San Pedro, CA, are experienced in this area, and they're here to help. Call the office today for an appointment or consultation.

Liver Surgery

What’s the function of the liver in the body?

The liver is found on the right side of the body, beneath the ribcage and has a number of different functions. Not only does it store and filter the blood, it helps blood to clot, creates bile to aid in the digestion of proteins and fats, and converts sugar into energy. The liver is also a critical component in dealing with waste. When the liver isn't functioning properly, there may be a number of reasons. Prompt treatment can make all the difference when it comes to long term wellness.

What are the most common liver problems?

Liver cancer is a major liver problem. Malignant cancer of the liver can be the result of metastasis (spreading from other types of cancer located in other areas.) Other liver cancer types include hepatocellular cancer and cholangiocarcinoma. Cysts, abscesses, and adenomas are also common causes of liver disease.

What are the surgical treatment options for liver disease or liver cancer?

At Association of South Bay Surgeons, the goal is to provide patients with the least invasive liver disease and liver cancer treatment possible. Often, minimally invasive laparoscopic liver surgery, including ultrasound, resection, radiofrequency and microwave ablation, are performed to remove or destroy diseased liver tissue and allow healthy tissue to grow in its place.

What is the difference in liver resection and liver ablation?

In a liver resection, the portion of the liver with tumors is surgically removed. With a liver ablation, no liver tissue is surgically removed. Instead, high heat or electrical current is used to destroy the cancerous or diseased liver cells. In some cases, patients need a combination procedure that includes both a liver resection and an ablation to make sure that all the diseased or damaged tissue is dealt with properly.

What are the incisions like in liver surgery?

The surgeon creates a group of small surgical incisions to allows them to use laparoscope and surgical tools. Generally, the incisions are only around 1/4 inch, with 1-2 larger incisions that allow for tissue removal, if needed.

How long does liver surgery take?

It depends on the procedure. The shortest liver surgeries, usually ablations, can be around 2 hours. Longer surgeries that include both liver resection and ablation may last from 2-4 hours on average.

Our board-certified & fellowship trained surgeons are experienced at diagnosing and treating liver diseases including:

  • benign diseases such as
    • Cysts & Abscesses
    • Adenomas
  • malignant cancers such as
    • Metastasis (spread from other cancers)
    • Hepatocellular Cancer (HCC)
    • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • With the most current techniques and tools, we provide cutting edge & compassionate care

Minimally Invasive / Laparoscopic & Traditional Options

    • Minimally Invasive / Laparoscopic surgery reduces your pain, reduces your risk of complications, and speeds your recovery
  • Our team includes surgeons with advanced training (Fellowships) in Minimally Invasive Surgery and also Liver Surgery / Surgical Oncology
  • We are experienced in minimally invasive / laparoscopic  liver surgery such as:
    • Laparoscopic Liver Ultrasound
    • Laparoscopic Liver Resection / Hepatectomy
    • Laparoscopic Tumor Microwave & Radiofrequency Ablation

Unparallelled Experience

  • Our surgeons have been faculty at Penn State University and UCLA- Harbor
  • We have trained other surgeons to perform liver surgery
  • We have researched and published about these diseases extensively
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  • We have written textbooks on liver surgery


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