What is liver transplantation?
Liver transplantation is a surgery to remove a damaged liver and replace a healthy liver into a patient who is suffering from liver failure.
How is liver transplantation performed?
Liver transplantation is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes 5 to 15 hours. The liver transplantation is performed from a person just died. In some cases part of a liver can be transplanted from a related living donor.
Before the surgery
You may receive benefit from a liver transplant if you have end-stage liver failure. Before the surgery your medical condition will be evaluated by your doctors to determine whether a liver transplantation is healthful and helpful for you. You may have some blood investigations, tissue and blood typing tests, imaging investigations and cardiological examinations. The surgery may not be performed if you have some certain diseases such as heart and lung diseases.
After the surgery
After the surgery, you require to stay in the hospital approximately 7 to 10 days. You may start your daily activities and start working in a few months and the fully recovery period takes 6 to 12 months. After you discharge from the hospital your doctor may have some recommendations for your daily life activities and eating habits. You should start to use some medications to help your new liver working and you are required to be in contact with your doctors in the following months after the surgery.