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Liver transplantation or hepatic transplantation is the replacement of a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. Liver transplantation is a treatment option for end-stage liver disease and acute liver failure
How and why is it done?
Liver transplant surgery is a major operation that will take between six and 12 hours. During this operation, the surgeon replaces a patient's diseased liver with a whole or partial healthy liver from another person. Types of organ donors are brain-dead organ donors, cardiac-death organ donors, and living organ donors.
Liver transplant surgery carries a risk of significant complications. There are risks associated with the procedure itself and with the drugs necessary to prevent rejection of the donor's liver after the transplant. Anti-rejection drugs or immunosuppressants are prescribed after the transplant surgery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I donate my liver to my family member?
Any member of the family, parent, sibling, child, spouse, or friend can donate their liver. Generally, liver donors must: Be at least 18 years old.
What is pre-transplant evaluation?
Pre-transplant testing is done for restaging in order to determine your disease response and the safety of receiving a transplant. Depending on the type of disease you have, restaging tests may include x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, bone scans, blood tests, and urine tests.
Who is not eligible for a liver transplant?
You may be disqualified from having a liver transplant if you have:
- Current alcohol or drug abuse problems.
- Uncontrolled infection that will not go away with a transplant.
- Metastatic cancer or bile duct cancer.