During a liver transplant, a damaged or diseased
liver is removed and then replaced with a healthy liver from a deceased donor.
- Liver surgery
Treated with a Liver Transplant:
A liver transplant may be utilized to treat
conditions such as liver cirrhosis, hemochromatosis, cystic fibrosis, Wilson’s
disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, liver
failure and a liver tumor.
There are no non-surgical alternatives to a liver
transplant. However, a living donor liver transplant may be utilized as a
with a Liver Transplant:
A liver transplant is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from a Liver Transplant:
Possible risks following a liver transplant include
infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also
possible for the patient to experience blood clotting and bile duct
complications. The transplant can also fail or be rejected by the patient.
after a Liver Transplant:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a
liver transplant is good. In fact, most patients survive for at least five
from a Liver Transplant:
The total recovery
from a liver transplant can take six months to one year.