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More than 20,350 people in the United States die each year from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis*. The vast majority of these cases, the two groups conclude, could be prevented by eliminating alcohol abuse.
*Sources: National Liver Foundation & National Center for Health Statistics

Understanding Hepatobiliary Surgery

The hepatobiliary system includes the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and the bile ducts, which work in conjunction to produce and distribute bile. Hepatobiliary surgery describes a wide range of treatments of diseases and conditions involving these organs, including procedures to treat or remove cancers that develop directly within these organs or have metastasized from other areas of the body, most often from the rectum or the colon.

Hepatobiliary surgeons may also evaluate:

  • Liver abscesses and liver tumors
  • Liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Adenoma
  • Focal nodular hyperplasia
  • Hemangioma
  • Cancers of the bile duct system, the gall bladder or the pancreas
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stricture (narrowing) or obstruction (blockage) of the bile ducts
  • Cysts appearing on the liver, pancreas or bile ducts
  • Polycystic liver disease
  • Portal hypertension

WellStar Health System offers a comprehensive range of hepatobiliary treatments, and skilled hepatobiliary surgeons at WellStar use the most advanced equipment and techniques care for thousands of patients each year.


Your team of hepatobiliary specialists will work together to assess your best course of treatment. That will involve the creation of a coordinated plan, evaluating the disease and designing a personalized treatment plan consistent with the highest standards of care. Your treatment will be tailored to your specific type of condition involving the liver, pancreas or bile duct system, and it may involve a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and, if necessary, transplantation.