Combined Treatment of Hepatic Tumors by Cryosurgery and Resection
Doron Kopelman, Alexander Beny, Ahmed Assalia, Diana Gaitini, Yoram Klein, Moshe Hashmonai
Depts. of Surgery B, Oncology and Radiology, Rambam Medical Center and Technion Faculty of Medicine, Haifa
Cryosurgery is an old technique which is being used for hepatic tumors as an adjuvant to hepatic resection. We recently treated 7 patients with multiple malignant liver tumors, 5 of whom had colorectal metastases, 1 carcinoid metastases, and 1 multiple hepatic lesions of hepatocellular carcinoma. 6 underwent combined liver resection and cryoablation of lesions in the remaining liver. In the 7th patient, only cryoablation was performed because hepatic resection was rejected and there was an extrahepatic metastasis. The advantages of this treatment are removal or destruction of all liver lesions found by any method, including intraoperative ultrasound examination, maximal preservation of normal liver parenchyma and that it is curative in patients inoperable by standard criteria.