Complex Liver and Digestive Tract Surgery

With the first and only multidisciplinary hepatobiliary care team in the Inland Empire, the Transplantation Institute ensures both adult and pediatric patients experience comprehensive quality care tailored to their needs. Patients at the Transplantation Institute have access to Loma Linda University Medical Center’s (LLUMC) state-of-the-art surgical expertise. Equipped with sophisticated technology, our surgeons are trained to perform advanced and innovative techniques on the liver, pancreas, bile ducts and surrounding anatomical structures.

Program Overview

The Complex Liver & Digestive Tract Surgery Program (Hepatobiliary Services) treats congenital and acquired disorders affecting the liver, bile ducts, gall bladder and pancreas. Our care team focuses on:

Liver Disease

  • Hepatic trauma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • Metastatic neoplasms (i.e. colon cancer)
  • Benign tumors and cysts of the liver
  • Polycystic Liver Disease
  • Malignant tumors of the liver (cancer)
  • Portal hypertension
  • Associated risk factors (i.e. Hepatitis B and C)

Biliary Disease

  • Malignant tumors of the bile duct
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Bile duct injuries and strictures
  • Choledochal cysts
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Cholangitis and cholestatic disease
  • Biliary cirrhosis

Pancreatic Disease

  • Islet cell tumors
  • Malignant neoplasms (i.e. pancreatic cancer)
  • Benign Tumors
  • Cystic neoplasms
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Pseudocysts

Loma Linda has a high degree of expertise and skill for treating adult and pediatric patients with hepatobiliary diseases, providing an extensive range of complex and challenging surgical methods and cutting-edge therapies including:

  • Liver resection
  • Liver transplantation
  • Portal hypertension shunting surgery
  • Bile duct resection
  • Pancreas resection
  • Complex gall bladder surgery
  • Whipple and Roux-en-Y surgeries
  • Chemoembolization (TACE)
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Systemic chemotherapy
  • Proton beam therapy
  • Combined modality therapy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment

Our Approach

As part of the Transplantation Institute, Hepatobiliary Services is committed to excellence in patient care through complex liver and digestive tract surgery. Dedicated to providing the best long-term results, our Hepatobiliary Surgical team evaluates and manages complications of the liver, biliary tract, gall bladder and pancreas. Our multidisciplinary approach involves a large group of medical experts who are committed “to make man whole” through state-of-the-art, patient-centered care.

Our Complex Liver & Digestive Tract Surgical (Hepatobiliary Services) Team

The Transplantation Institute’s surgical team employs specialists from multiple departments. With close interaction and collaboration with our transplantation programs, LLUMC’s Complex Liver & Digestive Tract Surgical Team evaluates patients to diagnose and assess the severity of hepatobiliary disease, and then develops an individualized treatment plan.