Hepatobiliary surgeries refer to the surgical procedures done on the organs of the hepatobiliary system that comprises the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas. This system is indispensable for the digestion of fat and waste removal from the body. The Hepatobiliary is not simply a body part like mentioned above; it contains many important organs of your body that are responsible for carrying out important functions.
Below are the different parts of the hepatobiliary system, along with their functions. Knowing about these organs is helpful if you are suffering from a pathological condition related to them. It will help you prepare for the surgeries effectively as your healthcare providers guide you towards it.
It is a large organ located on the right side of your abdomen. It contains two lobes— left and right. The liver weighs more than three kilograms and is an extremely important part of the digestive tract. This is because it filters the blood out before sending it to different parts of the body. It is also important for the processes of detoxification and metabolisation. It is responsible for metabolising any prescription medications you might be taking and removing any toxic chemicals that might be present inside your body.
The gallbladder is a small organ located under the liver. This pear-shaped organ stores an important liquid called bile. Apart from storage, the gallbladder also facilitates the production and transportation of bile. Bile is produced in the liver and is released when you eat. It boosts the digestion of fats and certain other nutrients. While the gallbladder plays an essential role in the transport of bile, it is not absolutely necessary as they are other ways to transport bile in the body as well.
Bile ducts look like small tubes. They are responsible for moving bile juice from the liver and gallbladder to the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). When food is ready for digestion, the gallbladder releases bile into the intestines, where it aids the digestion of fats and other nutrients from the food.
Just like other organs of the hepatobiliary system, the pancreas is present inside the abdomen. This organ works with the bile ducts and the liver to aid in digestion.
The pancreas secretes pancreatic juices that help in the digestion process. These juices, along with bile, aid in the breakdown of food and allow the nutrients to be absorbed and used up by the body more easily. The pancreatic juice is supplied by several tubes like the bile ducts from the pancreas to the small intestine.
Hepatobiliary surgery may be recommended when there is a pathology involving the organs of the hepatobiliary system. The problems could be due to several reasons, such as cysts, obstructions, portal hypertension, bile duct trauma, or cancer.
If you have cancer in the hepatobiliary system, surgery aimed at the removal of the tumour in the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas may be a necessity. These complex surgeries involve the reconstruction of bile ducts and other parts of the hepatobiliary system. The organ removed depends on the location and severity of the tumour.
There are many types of hepatobiliary surgical procedures, including pancreatic resection, liver resection, and cholecystectomy. Liver resections are commonly performed when a tumour involving the liver is present, such as in the case of certain metastatic colorectal cancers. The liver will be completely removed along with a part of the surrounding tissue that might contain traces of cancer.
Pancreatic resections are performed in cases of severe benign and malignant conditions involving the pancreas. Depending on the disease and its severity, they can be performed laparoscopically. When the gallbladder is completely removed due to inflammation, gallstones, infections, or polyps, the procedure is called a cholecystectomy. Cholecystectomy is one of the commonest types of surgical procedures performed at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Navi Mumbai. It is performed laparoscopically wherever possible with fast recovery rates and excellent outcomes.
By now, you clearly know why the hepatobiliary system is important for your overall health and good quality of life. Therefore, if you are suffering from a pathological condition of this system, you should choose only the best care for your procedure. Our hepatobiliary surgical team at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Navi Mumbai, includes board-certified surgeons and allied staff who have years of experience in the field. They collaborate with experts from other departments to discuss your condition, delivering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment plan.
Our operation theatres at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Navi Mumbai are equipped with state-of-the-art machines and modern medical instruments to facilitate successful surgeries and minimise the chances of complications. All surgical procedures are carried out by following international protocols and quality standards, and the highest level of hygiene is practised during all surgeries to negate the risk of post-surgical infections.
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Navi Mumbai has been providing compassionate and comprehensive surgical treatment and care for a diverse range of pathological conditions for years. Consult our specialists to treat conditions of the hepatobiliary system with great expertise.