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Liver cyst fenestration

Hepatic cystectomy

Treatment is only needed when a liver cyst causes symptoms but simply draining the fluid from the cyst is not effective

About liver cyst fenestration

Liver cysts are small pockets of fluid that form in your liver. If they get too big, they can cause pain and swelling. Simply draining the fluid is not enough to remove a cyst, as it fills up again. A more effective way is laparoscopic 'de-roofing' where a large portion of the cyst wall is removed.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you during your pre-op appointment, and also answer any questions you may have.

    Laparoscopic de-roofing is usually performed under general anaesthesia, which means you'll be asleep. It is a surgical procedure done through 2‒3 small cuts in the abdomen, and uses a flexible fibre optic tube with a tiny camera and a light on the end (laparoscope) to see inside the body (‘keyhole' surgery).

    Once the cyst is located, it's usually aspirated (drained of fluid) and part of the cyst wall is removed to prevent the cyst from refilling and recurring.

    You will be required to stay in hospital for one to two days.
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    You'll have a pre-op assessment about 14 days before surgery to assess your general fitness.

    As you'll be receiving a general anaesthetic, you may need to limit your food and drink intake in the six hours leading up to surgery. You're usually given anti-thrombosis socks to wear to stop you from developing blood clots in the veins of your legs during and after the procedure.

    Be sure to inform your consultant in advance of any relevant medical information, such as:

    • an artificial heart valve
    • a coronary artery stent
    • a pacemaker or defibrillator
    • an artificial joint
    • an artificial blood vessel graft
    • a prescription for warfarin, aspirin or clopidogrel

  • Afterwards icon plus

    After your liver cyst excision, you'll be transferred to our recovery unit, where our dedicated team of HPB consultants and nurses will care for you. Recovery times for liver cyst excisions can vary, so your HPB consultant will explain when you can expect to leave the hospital and get back to your routine.

    Most people make a full recovery within two weeks, and the risk of the cyst recurring has been shown to be very low.
Consultant with patient

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The HSC exterior

    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • Docklands facility

    HCA UK at Docklands

    2 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf

    London

    E14 5EE

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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