As one of Akron General’s specialized surgical services, patients needing liver or pancreatic surgery will have access to a highly skilled and caring team, including a board certified, fellowship trained liver and pancreas surgeon, Kevin Lowe, MD, PhD.
Our philosophy is to provide exceptional care, close to home. We believe that during treatment it is important for patients to be near family and friends and to have access to the same physicians – those who know and understand your needs. As your partner, we will work with you and your family throughout your treatment to fully explain each test, medication and procedure. This comprehensive approach enhances our ability to provide high-quality care.
For more information about liver or pancreatic surgery at Akron General, call (330) 344-LIVR (5487).
Liver (hepatobiliary) surgery
Cancerous or pre-cancerous liver tumors can originate in the liver itself or spread from other sites, such as the colon, breasts or skin, and may require surgery. Additionally, some cancerous and benign diseases may block the bile ducts, which can also require liver surgery. Regardless of the underlying condition, Akron General is committed to providing patients with the best possible care.
While there are multiple conditions and illnesses that may require liver surgery, one of the most common conditions is liver cancer. Akron General is proud to offer liver cancer patients access to a fully comprehensive cancer treatment program that combines the expertise of surgeons, hematologists, radiologist and a full team of support staff, including patient navigators, nutritionists and social workers. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that patients receive access to all appropriate types of treatment from a team of highly skilled cancer doctors and nurses, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Further improving patient care, Akron General is the first hospital in Ohio to utilize an innovative and novel surgical navigation system called Explorer. This advanced medical device allows surgeons to navigate the liver using three-dimensional medical images and provides surgeons with accurate organ measurements. This tool often allows for a shorter surgery, less blood loss, faster recovery times and improved outcomes. There are several types of surgical procedures that could be recommended, including a liver resection (a portion of the liver is removed). In addition to surgical treatment options, patients with liver tumors can benefit from a combination of treatment options, including minimally-invasive bead therapy, chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat to kill or shrink cancer cells, as well as cryoablation, which freezes the tumor. Depending on your needs, some or all of these therapies may be used in the course of your treatment.
There are multiple conditions that could require pancreatic surgery, including pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cysts, and pancreatitis. Chronic alcohol users and those with benign pancreatic diseases may also require surgery in some cases.
There are several types of surgical procedures that are offered at Akron General for patients needing pancreatic surgery. Depending on the type of disease, its location and the severity, your surgeon will recommend the appropriate procedure. Many of these procedures are done laparoscopically, with minimal scarring and pain.
Similarly, pancreatic cancer patients are guided through their treatments and receive the support of the entire team. Focusing on the whole person, we provide pre- and post-operative counseling that focuses on treatment, pain management, emotional well-being, nutrition and more. Physicians across several different disciplines develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. This same team meets weekly, if not more often, to discuss your care and future plans, all of which are discussed with you, the patient, prior to any treatment.