Liver Transplant

What is liver Transplant?

A liver transplant is an operation that replaces a patient's diseased liver with a whole or partial healthy liver from another person. This article explains the current indications for liver transplantation, types of donor livers, the operation itself, and the immunosuppression that is required after transplantation.

What are the chances of surviving a liver transplant?

Liver transplant survival statistics. According to a study, people who have a liver transplant have an 89% percent chance of living after one year. The five-year survival rate is 75 percent. Sometimes the transplanted liver can fail, or the original disease may return.

What is the average wait time for a liver transplant?

The average wait time for liver transplant candidates with type O blood, the longestwait list blood type, was 457 days or 1.25 years from 2003-2004. This has decreased significantly from 1999-2000 which the average wait time was 1314 days or 3.6 years.

What happens if body rejects liver transplant?

Rejection is a normal reaction of the body to a foreign object. When a new liver is placed in a person's body, the body sees the transplanted organ as a threat and tries to attack it. The immune system makes antibodies to try to kill the new organ, not realizing that the transplanted liver is beneficial.

How painful is a liver transplant?

There is pain after liver transplant surgery, however it is generally not as severe as with other abdominal surgeries. This is because nerves are severed during the initial abdominal incision causing numbness of the skin around the abdomen. These nerves regenerate over the following six months and sensation returns.

What should not eat after liver transplant?

Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating lean meats, poultry and fish. Drinking low-fat milk or eating other low-fat dairy products, to help maintain enough calcium. Maintaining a low-salt and low-fat diet.

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