When one’s Liver no longer functions adequately enough to keep them alive, or Liver disease has progressed onto higher stages and one’s liver is damaged beyond repair, then Liver transplant is recommended.
It is a surgical procedure performed to remove part of a diseased or injured liver and replace it with a whole or a portion of a healthy liver from another person (dead or alive), called the donor. Since the liver has regenerative properties, a transplanted segment can grow to normal size within a matter of few weeks.The new Liver can be from two sources:
Reasons for Liver Transplant:
Evaluation will include assessment of your:
Evaluation of Liver Transplant Candidates:
For a patient to be considered for Liver Transplant, the first step is a referral for the same by their Liver physician / GI physician / Medical Gastroenterologist. Then, the patient is evaluated to see if they are a suitable candidate. The evaluation includes assessing the patient’s:
Liver Transplant Surgery:
Surgery for a liver transplant is challenging, and typically lasts 6 to 10 hours. During the operation, the surgeons will remove the injured or diseased liver and replace it with the donor liver, and place several tubes in the patient’s body to assist it in doing specific tasks throughout the procedure, and for a few days after it. The tubes include a catheter to remove urine from the bladder, intravenous lines to administer fluids and medications, a breathing tube, and other tubes to drain blood and fluid from the abdomen.
The patient will then be moved to a specially constructed intensive care unit for a couple days after the surgery. Later, they will be transferred to a standard room while being closely monitored. The length of hospital stay will depend on the patient’s conditions, and whether or not any complications arise.
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