This dissertation discusses the improvement of surgical care for patients with a liver disorder. The aim was to evaluate the current treatments of rare disorders of the liver, investigate new techniques for the treatment of life-threatening haemorrhages from liver disorders and to study minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery in combination with care protocols around the surgery. For this purpose three themes were studied: surgical treatment of echinococcosis (infection of the liver), embolisation (closure of blood vessels) of benign liver tumours (liver adenomas) and laparoscopy for liver tumours. The main conclusions of the research are that embolisation can be a lifesaving treatment for haemorrhages from the liver and that laparoscopic liver surgery contributes to shorter hospitalization, certainly in combination with an accelerated recovery programme.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||21 Dec 2012|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Print ISBNs||978 94 6159 194 4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
- liver disorders