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What is Involved in Liver Transplant Surgery?

Liver transplant surgery or transplant of the liver is a surgical procedure in which a diseased liver is removed and replaced with a healthy liver taken from a donor. This procedure is usually done on patients who have end-stage liver disease or acute liver failure. At GEM Hospital, we strictly adhere to the following measures to ensure the safety of both the donor and the recipient during liver transplant.

Causes and Indications for Liver Transplant

Liver transplant surgery is often the last resort for treating severe liver diseases. The most common conditions leading to a liver transplant include:

  • Cirrhosis: This is the final stage of chronic liver disease, marked by the irreversible fibrosis of the liver cells.

  • Liver Cancer: Some forms of liver cancer, including hepatocellular carcinoma, may require a transplant.

  • Acute Liver Failure: This acute liver failure can be caused by drug hepatotoxicity, infections, or other conditions.

  • Inherited Liver Disorders: Some inherited disorders, such as Wilson’s disease or hemochromatosis, can cause extensive liver dysfunction and require transplantation.

Donor Liver Matching and Allocation

The success of a liver transplant heavily relies on finding a compatible donor liver. Here’s how the process works:

  • Compatibility Testing: Matching involves testing the blood type and size compatibility between the donor and the recipient.

  • Living vs. Deceased Donors: Donor livers can come from living donors (often relatives) or deceased donors. Living donor transplants involve donating a portion of the liver, which can regenerate.

  • Waiting List: Patients are placed on a national waiting list, and organs are allocated based on medical urgency, waiting time, and other factors.

The Surgical Procedure

Liver transplant surgery is a complex operation that typically lasts between 6 to 12 hours. The key steps include:

  • Pre-Operative Preparation: This includes detailed medical evaluations, discussions about the procedure, and preparation for surgery.

  • Removal of Diseased Liver: The surgeon removes the damaged liver, taking care to preserve important blood vessels and bile ducts.

  • Implantation of Donor Liver: The healthy donor liver is carefully placed in the patient’s body, and all vital connections are reattached.

  • Post-Operative Care: Patients are monitored intensively in a specialized unit to manage pain, prevent infections, and ensure the new liver functions well.

Recovery and Follow-Up

Post-surgery recovery is crucial for a successful liver transplant. It includes:

  • Intensive Care: Initially, patients stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) where they receive round-the-clock monitoring.

  • Medication Regimen: Immunosuppressive medications are essential to prevent the body from rejecting the new liver.

  • Regular Check-Ups: Frequent follow-ups and lab tests are necessary to monitor liver function and overall health.

  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Patients need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and avoiding alcohol.

Why Choose GEM Hospital for Liver Transplant Surgery?

At GEM Hospital, we pride ourselves on our expertise and patient-centric approach. Here’s why you should consider us for your liver transplant needs:

  • Expert Medical Team: Our team consists of experienced transplant surgeons, hepatologists, and specialized nurses.

  • Advanced Technology: We utilize the latest medical technology and equipment to enhance surgical precision and patient care.

  • Comprehensive Care: From pre-operative evaluation to post-transplant rehabilitation, we offer a holistic approach to patient care.

  • High Success Rates: Our liver transplant program boasts high success rates and positive patient outcomes.

Book an appointment at GEM Hospital today and consult our expert hepatologists who can personalize a liver-care plan and provide comprehensive guidance for optimal liver health and successful liver transplant surgery.

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Liver transplant surgery is a procedure that replaces a diseased liver with a healthy liver from a donor. This is often the last resort for patients with severe liver disease or liver failure.
Conditions that may require a liver transplant include chronic liver diseases like cirrhosis, liver cancer, hepatitis B and C, alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and acute liver failure.
Preparation includes a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate, finding a suitable donor, pre-transplant tests (such as blood tests and imaging), and following specific instructions provided by your healthcare team, which may include lifestyle changes and medications.
Recovery involves a hospital stay of a few weeks where you'll be monitored closely, followed by several months of recovery at home. This includes regular follow-up appointments, medications to prevent organ rejection, lifestyle changes, and avoiding infections.
Risks include organ rejection, infection, bleeding, blood clots, bile duct complications, and side effects from immunosuppressive medications. It's important to discuss these risks with your surgeon to understand the specific risks for your situation.