A liver resection is the surgical removal of all or?a portion of the liver. It is also referred to as a hepatectomy, full or partial. A?complete liver resection is performed in the?setting?of a transplant?a?diseased liver is removed from a deceased donor (cadaver).? A living donor may also provide a piece of liver tissue which is procured through a partial hepatectomy,? The procedure may be performed through a traditional open procedure or using minimally invasive techniques.