Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion Treatment
Percutaneous hepatic perfusion (PHP) is similar to isolated hepatic perfusion (IHP), but is considered a minimally invasive procedure because we only need to make small needle punctures in the skin to access your liver, rather than a large incision. PHP does not open the body to expose any organs or tissues.
What Can I Expect During Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion?
During PHP, our surgeons insert a special catheter, with a balloon on either end, through several needle punctures in the skin.
- Once the catheters are in place, the balloons are inflated to seal off the vein above and below the liver to isolate it.
- The blood inside the liver is removed and high-dose, heated chemotherapy is infused throughout the liver on a circuit using charcoal filters to remove chemotherapy from the blood as it is returned to the body.
People with liver-only disease respond well to the treatment.