Jun 14, 2009 - 11:28 am
I had a liver resection just over a year ago. I had read so many articles about how the liver grows back after having a liver resection & have heard people on this board talk about how theirs was growing back too. Interestly, when I asked my liver surgeon if he could see any liver regrowth on my CT scan, he said "not much, but I wasn't really expecting much of it to grow back". I was surprised and asked him why, because I thought the liver always grows back. He said that's not always true in everyone and it can also depend upon how much is removed and where in the liver it's removed. He also said since not everyone's liver regrows, it's his job beforehand to determine if the person will have enough functioning liver left if nothing regrows. I've heard that some people can have as much as 80% of their liver removed. I had just a little under half removed, and am still surprised to discover that mine really hasn't regrown much of anything, even at 9 months after the surgery (it's now been over a year, but it was about 3 months that I saw the liver specialist and asked him this). Has anyone else ever heard that the liver doesn't always grow back? Just curious.