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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can a patient with history of drinking get a liver transplant?

4 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Yes: Yes, but the patient has to be abstinent for 1 year prior to the tranpslantation, and meet all the other transplant criteria.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Most centers in the US require a documented 6 month sobriety. If you restart drinking after a transplant your outcome will be poor.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 21 years experience
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!
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
General Surgery 28 years experience
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.

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Do liver transplant patients livelong?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
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They can: After the first year they do well. Much longer than w liver disease.
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A 47-year-old male asked:

Can i get free liver transplant ?

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Dr. Charles Hendricks
General Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe: You live in a country with a socialized medical system, hence you might. The workings of your system might allow that, assuming you are a candidate. You really need to ask this of your primary md.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How would you get an emergency liver transplant?

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Dr. George Loss
Transplant Surgery 34 years experience
Be the sickest .: Emergent livers are allocated to those with an expected life span of <7 d such as those with acute liver toxicity. Urgent donation is available for those very ill patients on life support. A patial liver from a live donor can be used in an urgent or emergent situation though this is controversial.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I get on the list for a liver transplant?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Lots of steps: There are lots of steps that are summarized very nicely on this website: http://www.Transplantliving.Org/before-the-transplant/getting-on-the-list/. Basically, you have to have a thorough evaluation to make sure you are a suitable candidate. This involves visits with multiple doctors and often several procedures or tests. Often, if you have other health conditions, these are treated beforehand.

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