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How long does a liver transplant operation take?

How long does a liver transplant operation take?

Variable: An average may be 5-8 hours. But there different levels of complexity to consider for both the donated organ and the recipient. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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How long will a liver transplant operation last?

How long will a liver transplant operation last?

Most are 6-12 hours: Hard to be specific since recipients or donor organs may have features that make the procedure more or less difficult. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks of having an operation vs liver transplantation for liver cancer?

What are the benefits and risks of having an operation vs liver transplantation for liver cancer?

No short answer!: This question requires input from at least two doctors in my opinion. An oncologist with special knowledge of liver cancer, and a liver surgeon that knows how to do transplantation. Some people only see surgeons that can do the liver operation and do not have the experience of doing a liver transplant. ...Read more

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I had a liver transplant 10 weeks ago. Is it normal to still have swelling and discomfort at the surgery site?

I had a liver transplant 10 weeks ago. Is it normal to still have swelling and discomfort at the surgery site?

Yes: The incision is very large and several small nerves have been disconnected. You can have discomfort up to 6 months. If you have severe pain and bulging of the scar you should rule out an incisional hernia. ...Read more

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Following liver transplant surgery, what to do?

Following liver transplant surgery, what to do?

Be thankful: It is highly probable that you've gotten your health back. Your physicians will advise you further. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone has cirrhosis and needs a liver transplant, how successful is the surgery?

Can you tell me if someone has cirrhosis and needs a liver transplant, how successful is the surgery?

Very successful: There are about 6, 000 liver transplants done in the us each year. The results for cirrhosis are quite good with nearly 90% survival 1 year, 70% at 5 years, and 50% at 10 years. If the cirrhosis was due to alcohol related liver disease, of course this is limited to those recovered alcoholics. ...Read more

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If someone is very frail, would they be able to withstand a liver transplant surgery? What are some of the signs that someone is too frail?

If someone is very frail, would they be able to withstand a liver transplant surgery? What are some of the signs that someone is too frail?

Risk for anesthesia: The usual reasons for the "frail" description would be advanced age, serious heart or lung disease (which increases the risk for anesthesia given during surgery), chronic disease e.g. diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis requiring steroid drugs, cancer, etc, and malnutrition. The surgeon will be the one to assess overall risk. Liver transplant is about the most serious surgery one could have. ...Read more

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I need to figure out why people around the globe choose to go to india for liver transplant surgery?

I need to figure out why people around the globe choose to go to india for liver transplant surgery?

Not exactly: USA is still best place for transplantation and post operative care, liver is one organ, part of it can be donated by family member. India is popular most likely, is cheaper and quicker to get it done, if family member is willing to share part f the liver, to find a suitable cadaver donor is just as hard as in USA. Lack of organ donation is a wold wide problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the muscles to heal from a liver transplant?

How long does it take for the muscles to heal from a liver transplant?

Depends on meds: Much of the timing for recovery depends on several factors, the degree of muscle loss due to existing liver disease, degree of malnutrition, but also the nature of medications your transplant program uses for immunosuppression. Corticosteroids, rapamycin and everolimus, markedly delay recovery of wound healing and you should be careful in vigorously stressing the incision, lest a hernia develop. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't take the medications after a liver transplant?

What happens if you don't take the medications after a liver transplant?

Possible rejection: If you are referring to the anti rejection drugs, there is a chance you can reject the organ and go back into liver failure. Discuss your situation with your transplant team before you maybe any changes on your own. ...Read more

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How long will a liver transplant last?

How long will a liver transplant last?

Varies: Liver transplant life expectancy depends on the type of liver disease someone has prior to transplant. Such as, for hepatitis c 5 years life expectancy is around 70%. For other type of liver diseases it is more. Best life expectancy is seen with someone with primary biiliary cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How long can live after liver transplant?

How long can live after liver transplant?

Liver transplant: There is no exact model to predict survival rates; however, there is a 58% chance of surviving 15 years. Failure of the new liver occurs in 10% to 15% of all cases. These percentages are contributed to by many complications such as early graft failure due to preexisting disease of the donated organ. Others include technical flaws during surgery. Hope my answer is of help. ...Read more

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How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

Varies: It is difficult to give an "average" wait time, because the wait time is dependent on how sick the person is. At this time, there are not enough livers for the number of people needing them. A score (meld score) is commonly used to determine who is most severely ill, and most in need of an urgent transplant. One person's wait time may be much different than another's, based on how sick he/she is. ...Read more

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How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

Lots of factors: There is a wide spectrum of patients needing liver transplants. Some are gravely ill, and will pass on if they do not get their transplant within 24-48 hours. Other patients have much less severe conditions and can live productive lives for years while waiting on the transplant list. Ask your doctor what your "meld score" is to give you a better estimate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live long and healthy after a liver transplant?

Liver, Good outcomes: Liver transplant has some of the best outcomes in solid organ transplantation. The average 1-year survival is around 88%, but this remains as high as 70% at 10 years, depending on the primary disease and how old and frail the person is to begin with. Many patients return to work and have an active life. One olympic snowboarder competed after a liver transplant. 20-30 year survivors are common. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Liver Transplant (Definition)

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that has both a donor and a recipient. The donor has part (if living) or the entire liver removed, and this is transplanted to the recipient. Liver transplantation is a life saving procedure and is performed when the recipient's liver is failing, or has developed a localized cancer that cannot be removed ...Read more