That's where the liver resection will occur for this first operation. The Google online book search has one resource called Contemporary Issues in Colorectal Cancer: A Nursing Perspective (2001) with a summary view of the contraindications for surgery, long-term disease-free survival, etc.
The first 24 hours are critical for post-operative nursing care because of risks associated with hemorrhage, bile leak, obstruction of the portal vein, hepatic failure, abdominal pain, even mental confusion.
There is a lot more to it, of course. But, like the pre-surgical consultation, there isn't much that I can do as an active participant. When I wake up, there will be things I can do, perhaps even while in the ICU - things like deep breathing, coughing, and leg exercises. I can gauge my pain levels on a scale of 1 to 10 and relay that information to the nursing staff (0-1 is no pain, 2-3 is mild pain, 4-6 is moderate pain, 7-8 is severe pain, and 9-10 is the worst possible pain).
Then, assuming no complications, I will be moved to the surgical ward for follow-up for another week or so.
Interestingly, in 4-6 weeks, much of the liver excised will grow back, although the shape and anatomy will probably be slightly different.
So, what am I going to do in hospital, besides enjoying the wonderful food and opportunity to sleep? Some family, friends, and colleagues may visit. I'll have my computer to do a few blogs. I'll have my hand-held devices for email and book reading. I'll have my iPod for listening to music, podcasts, and watching some TV episodes, listening to audible books, and reviewing some digital photographs for the past several years. And, if I'm truly ambitious and coherent enough, I'll start doing some compatibility testing of the new Internet Explorer 8 browser. That's the plan.