A 36-year-old member asked:
can a patient with history of drinking get a liver transplant?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Carlo Contreras answered
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Yes, but the patient has to be abstinent for 1 year prior to the tranpslantation, and meet all the other transplant criteria.
Answered on Jul 7, 2012
Yes: Most centers in the US require a documented 6 month sobriety. If you restart drinking after a transplant your outcome will be poor.
Answered on Dec 21, 2014
Center dependent: 6 months alcohol free vs. 12 or 18. It is going to be dependent on the particular transplant center. The places I have trained and work routinely require 6 months. Some centers may want 12. And I do agree you must meet all other criteria. What i want most to get across is that above all. You cannot drink alcohol after a liver transplant!
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Fridell answered
26 years experience General Surgery
Liver transplant: Exclusively if you can stop, demonstrate sobriety with complete abstinence for six months and complete intensive outpatient therapy. Ultimately, all transplant programs have a listing committee that oversees this process.
Answered on Sep 14, 2015
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!