What is going to be done at the operation?
The most common operation we perform on the liver is to remove a part of it that has developed a tumour. This is called a liver resection (or a hepatectomy). The liver is made up of two halves called the right lobe and the left lobe. If the entire right lobe is to be removed, that is called a right hepatectomy, and if the left lobe is to be removed that is a left hepatectomy. Or the surgeon may just cut away the tumour, taking with it some surrounding normal liver tissue. If the tumour is near the gall bladder, or if the gall bladder is in the way, then the gall bladder is likely to be removed as well.