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Overview: Hepatectomy is a surgical removal procedure of all or part of the liver. Most hepatectomies are performed for the treatment of liver cancer and liver cirrhosis. Your doctor may consider Hepatectomy if
The type of hepatectomy will depend on the size, number, and location of your cancer. Your surgeon may remove a part of the liver that contains the tumor, an entire lobe, or an even larger portion of the liver. In a partial hepatectomy, the surgeon leaves a margin of healthy liver tissue to maintain the functions of the liver. In total hepatectomy, your entire liver is removed, and it is replaced with a healthy liver from a donor. A liver transplant is an option only if the cancer has not spread outside the liver and only if a suitable donor liver can be found that matches the patient. The entire surgery is carried out under general anesthesia.