Liver transplantation surgery is conducted to replace a damaged/diseased liver with healthy liver either completely or partially.
Liver transplant is commonly indicated in liver failure. When the normal functions of the liver are badly affected it eventually leads to high liver enzymes and eventually a liver failure is caused by some of the following conditions:
Some important frequently asked questions may clear one’s doubts on the liver transplant procedure.
A. In a living donor liver transplant, there is no stress of the waiting list which usually is the case with the deceased donor. Remember the timely treatment of transplant the increased success rate of the procedure.
A. A living donor is:
A. MELD in MELD Score stands for Model of End stage Liver Disease. This score is used to determine the severity of the liver condition and survival rate of a potential recipient of liver transplant.
A. The patient and the donor are kept in operating rooms that are close to each other.
An incision is made for removing liver (either completely or partially) and donors transplanted in the recipient.
The blood vessels are attached.
The incision is then closed.
This surgery usually requires 4 - 8 hours.
The patients are shifted to the recovery room.
A. An inpatient hospitalization is required for atleast a week or longer depending on the patient’s condition and recovery.
A. It approximately requires 6 to 8 weeks for a liver transplant recovery.
A. Following are some important post-op care instructions in a liver transplant:
For the 1st couple of months, one should not lift any weights
Avoid alcohol for atleast 6 months post the surgery
Go regularly for the follow-ups after the transplant
In case if a patient experiences any pain, they should seek immediate medical help.
Need to follow the doctor’s instructions and take medications on time.
A. It takes atleast a couple of months for the liver to grow back to its normal size.