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Side Effects Associated With Liver Cancer Surgery

It takes time to heal after liver cancer surgery, and the time needed to recover is different for each person. Patients are often uncomfortable during the first few days. However, medicine can usually control their pain. Patients should feel free to discuss pain relief with the doctor or nurse.
 
It is common to feel tired or weak for a while. Also, patients may have diarrhea and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen. The healthcare team watches the patient for signs of bleeding, infection, liver failure, or other problems requiring immediate treatment.
 
Liver Transplant
After a liver transplant, the patient may need to stay in the hospital for several weeks. During that time, the healthcare team checks for signs of how well the patient's body is accepting the new liver. The patient takes drugs to prevent the body from rejecting the new liver. These drugs may cause puffiness in the face, high blood pressure, or an increase in body hair.
 
Cryosurgery
Because a smaller incision is needed for cryosurgery than for traditional surgery, recovery after cryosurgery is generally faster and less painful. Also, infection and bleeding are not as likely.
 
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