Benign Liver Tumors
Benign Tumors Facts!
What are Tumors?
Tumors (also known as neoplasms) are abnormal growths of cells and/or tissues. Tumors can be benign or malignant, and they are uncontrolled by the body’s natural control mechanisms.
What are Benign Liver Tumors?
Benign liver tumors are non-cancerous growths that develop in the liver. Unlike malignant (cancerous) liver tumors, benign liver tumors do not invade or spread to adjacent tissues or other parts of the body. These tumors are often found incidentally during imaging studies for unrelated health issues, and many individuals with benign liver tumors may remain asymptomatic.
Types of Benign Liver Tumors
Common types of benign liver tumors include:
Hepatic Hemangiomas: These are the most common type of benign liver tumor. They are made up of a collection of blood vessels and are typically small. Most hepatic hemangiomas do not cause symptoms and do not require treatment unless they become large or cause complications.
Focal Nodular Hyperplasia (FNH): FNH is a non-cancerous tumor that consists of abnormal blood vessels and liver cells. It is often asymptomatic and may not require treatment unless it causes symptoms or complications.
Hepatic Adenomas: These are benign tumors that develop from liver cells. They are more common in women, particularly those who use oral contraceptives. Large hepatic adenomas may cause symptoms and could be associated with a risk of rupture.
All of the above types determine whether benign liver tumor removal surgery will be necessary or not.
Difference between Malignant and Benign Liver tumors
Malignant Liver Tumors:
- Invasive and can spread to other parts of the body.
- Cells are often poorly differentiated and can appear abnormal.
- Can be life-threatening and require aggressive treatment.
- Examples include hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.
Benign Liver Tumors:
- Non-invasive and do not spread to other parts of the body.
- Cells closely resemble normal liver cells and are well-differentiated.
- Generally non-life-threatening but may cause symptoms or complications.
- Examples include hepatic hemangiomas, focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH), and hepatic adenomas.
Benign Liver Tumor Treatment
Indications for Surgery
Benign liver tumor removal surgery is considered when benign liver tumors are large, causing symptoms, or posing a risk of complications such as bleeding, rupture, or compression of nearby structures.
Types of Surgical Intervention
Our laparoscopic surgeon may opt for any of the following methods:
- Surgical Removal: Surgical excision may be recommended for larger or symptomatic tumors, particularly if there is a risk of complications such as bleeding or rupture.
- Resection: Surgical resection involves removing the tumor while preserving the healthy portion of the liver. This is a common approach for various types of benign liver tumors, including hepatic adenomas and focal nodular hyperplasia.
- Laparoscopic Surgery: In certain cases, laparoscopic or minimally invasive techniques may be employed for tumor removal. This approach involves smaller incisions, reducing recovery time and postoperative discomfort.
The benign liver tumor removal recovery process may somewhat look like this:
- Hospital Stay: The length of hospitalization varies based on the type of surgery performed, the complexity of the procedure, and individual recovery progress.
- Pain Management: Pain management strategies are implemented to ensure comfort during the initial postoperative period. Medications may be prescribed to control pain, and the medical team monitors pain levels closely.
- Activity and Mobility: Gradual resumption of normal activities is encouraged, starting with gentle movements and gradually increasing physical activity as tolerated. This helps prevent complications and promotes overall recovery.
Consult Dr. Nikolas Valsamidis for a well-guided benign liver tumor treatment
With Dr. Nikolas Valsamidis’ expertise, patients can rest assured that they will receive the best possible care for benign liver tumors. His knowledge of minimally invasive surgical techniques allows for a quicker recovery time and a more successful outcome.
Feel free to consult with Dr. Nikolas for your liver tumor treatment needs and take the first step towards a healthier future. Trust in his skills and experience to guide you towards the most effective method of treating and removing benign liver tumors.