Penza successfully tests new liver tumor treatment technique
Penza, 28 April 2016. PenzaNews. The medical professionals of the Penza regional oncology treatment center has successfully tested the new stage-by-stage liver tumor exsection technique, known as ALPPS (associated liver partition and portal vein litigation for stage hepatectomy).
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The surgery was successful, and the patient was dismissed from the hospital in satisfactory condition.
“The surgery in question allows to remove a significant part of the organ – the tumor-afflicted liver, in our case – with a minimum risk of post-operational hepatism,” explained Dmitry Chichevatov, medical treatment assistant chief medical officer of the regional oncology treatment center.
According to him, the technique begins with vein litigation in the section of the liver that must be removed.
“Next – approximately 7 to 10 days, depending on the patient’s condition and after the remaining part of the body organ is enlarged to the required size – the patient is sent for surgery, where we remove the remains of the afflicted liver part,” the doctor said.
Dmitry Chichevatov expressed hope that the new technique will help achieve full recovery for several patients who previously had only chemoterapy to help them.
“In addition, such operations supposedly will help us treat advanced large intestine cancer,” added the assistant chief medical officer.
A particular feature of an ALPPS operation is that it can be used even if the liver is afflicted with multiple tumors and requires an almost complete removal.
The aforementioned surgeries serve as examples of further development of cutting-edge oncology medical treatment in the region, and may become regular in the future, the press service of the Penza region Health Ministry informed PenzaNews.