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.

Cancer Types Treated With Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion: