A 36-year-old member asked:
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can a patient with history of drinking get a liver transplant?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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
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Dr. Ralph Layman
19 years experience Transplant Surgery
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
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Dr. Ralph Layman
19 years experience Transplant Surgery
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
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Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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
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