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Liver Resection

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Liver resection is surgery to remove part of your liver.

Abdominal Organs


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:

Care for the surgery area:

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about how to care for the area. Check for signs of infection, such as red streaks, swelling, or pus.

Take deep breaths and cough 10 times each hour.

This will decrease your risk for a lung infection. Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as you can. Let the air out and then cough strongly. Deep breaths help open your airway. You may be given an incentive spirometer to help you take deep breaths. Put the plastic piece in your mouth and take a slow, deep breath, then let the air out and cough. Repeat these steps 10 times every hour.

Prevent blood clots:

Surgery can increase the risk that blood clots will form in a major vein in your leg or arm. The following can help prevent blood clots:


Ask when you can return to your normal activities, such as work and school.

For more information:

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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