Jim…ha, ha, I should have known. You have already figured it out. I live in the wine country and you won’t believe it but, at several gatherings I have seen people drink non-alcoholic wine also. So, there is hope for your glass of wine with a meal.
Marion – Dr. Geschwind is quite the man, isn’t he? He was the doctor who did John’s two chemo-embolizations. We were very impressed with him and his knowledge was invaluable to us at the time. What a nice guy! – Nancy
Just so some don’t get panicky, regeneration doesn’t always happen. Mine did not, probably due primarily that I had chemo within two months of a resection. Not surprisingly, almost no cell growth occurs during chemo, and this includes wound healing as well. Almost two years later, no regeneration. Regeneration is also a function of patient age, and that didn’t help me at all and older patients experience slower regeneration. The good news: Ive got a 50% liver that’s working perfectly.
I had the opportunity to speak with:
Dr. J.F. Geschwind, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology, Surgery, and Oncology Division Chief, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Director, Image Guided Interventional Laboratory, John Hopkins Medicine.
Dr. Geschwind explained that the liver does regenerate to its previous size in 4 to 6 weeks this includes, an atrophied lobe. The major vessels stay in tact in an atrophied lobe and due to generation it will form back in volume to its original size.
It was discussed, in the symposium, that resection can include anything up to 30% of the liver. The volume of the liver is directly related to the size of the person – small people have smaller livers -.