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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. Jeffery VanYperen
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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

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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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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

See your liver specialist regularly
Every other month
Take prescribed medications carefully
Once
Avoid raw seafood and shellfish
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What happens during a liver transplant operation for recipient?

What happens during a liver transplant operation for recipient?

Removal : Of the diseased liver and implantation of the healthy new liver. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself. If you're gaining weight, tell your doctor.
Daily
Take medications as directed by your doctor
Daily
Elevate legs to help with swelling
3x day
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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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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Minimize animal protein in your diet
daily
Take all meds as prescribed
daily
Especially take lactulose to reduce blood ammonia
daily
And avoid constipation
daily
Dr. James Chapman
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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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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

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