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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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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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 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 will a transplanted liver last?

How long will a transplanted liver last?

A long time: Potentially a transplanted liver can last decades, a lifetime. Some diseases, such as hepatitis c, can recur with a vengeance. But i often tell patients that if they make it the 1st yr, their bungee cord may break, their parachute may not open, but they won't die of liver disease. ...Read more

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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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How long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

How long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

3 - 4 hours: Is not a type of surgery to be rushed. Sometimes problems can be encountered which will prolong surgery, e.G if there are two renal arteries on the donor kidney, or if one or both native kidneys in recipient need to be removed coincident with transplant. ...Read more

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How long would a kidney transplant surgery take?

How long would a kidney transplant surgery take?

2-4 hours in general: Of course there are many factors that determine the length of any surgery - complexity of the anatomy, previous surgeries, size of the patient, risks of bleeding, to name a few. However, for a first time kidney transplant in a normal sized person, the average time is 2-4 hours from start to finish. There will be extra time to go to sleep at the start, prepare the patient, and to wake up after. ...Read more

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How long does a lung transplant operation take?

How long does a lung transplant operation take?

Depends: There are various reasons why the time may vary such as prior scarring in the chest, prior transplants, bleeding, one or two lungs, etc. Most cases are 5-6 hours. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a kidney transplant surgery take?

On average, how long will a kidney transplant surgery take?

2-4 hours in general: Of course there are many factors that determine the length of any surgery - complexity of the anatomy, previous surgeries, size of the patient, risks of bleeding, to name a few. However, for a first time kidney transplant in a normal sized person, the average time is 2-4 hours from start to finish. There will be extra time to go to sleep at the start, prepare the patient, and to wake up after. ...Read more

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For how long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

For how long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

Probably 2-5 hours..: The surgical time of kidney transplant may highly vary depending upon team work, surgeon's experience and skill, anatomical variation of the transplanted kidney, etc. For detail, ask surgeon directly. ...Read more

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How long will it take a liver donor to recover after surgery?

How long will it take a liver donor to recover after surgery?

Depends: Recovery is based in stages. You will recover from the anesthesia in minutes. Usually you will be out of the hospital in days. You may be back at work in a couple of weeks (depending upon what you do) but it will take 3 to 6 months to stop feeling like you had surgery. ...Read more

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How long does a heart transplant operation typically take?

How long does a heart transplant  operation typically take?

3-5 hours: It depends the actual removal of the recipient heart is usually quick. The sewing of the donor heart is usually quick. A lot of the time is opening(particularly if a reoperation) and then closing up if bleeding issues etc. ...Read more

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How long does a transplanted liver last in recipients?

How long does a transplanted liver last in recipients?

Several variables: It can vary based on the cause of liver failure, source of the liver, and the condition of the recipient at the time of transplant. Overall about 70% of grafts are functioning at 5 years and 50% are functioning at 10 years after the trasplant. ...Read more

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How long is a kidney transplant operation?

How long is a kidney transplant operation?

Usually 3-6 hrs: Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!). A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer. ...Read more

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How long could disability last for a kidney/pancreas transplant patient?

Catch 22 answer: With successful transplantation and a robust recipient, there should not be any left over disability. The patient should be capable of working within approximately 2-3 months. But many diabetics who need these transplants have serious visual and foot problems that cause permanent disabilities. When possible, the point of transplant is full return to all of life. The judgement is made individually. ...Read more

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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 much will you live after a liver transplantation?

7 of 10 live >3 yrs: Many factors help determine how long anyone lives, particularly once they have had a liver transplant. Key is following medical advice, taking the anti-rejection drugs and sharing medical information with the txp team. Current survival rates include 9 out of 10 recipients living 1 yr or more. And 7 out of 10 live 3 yrs or more. Lots of recipients live many yrs. ...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 is the recovery time from a kidney transplant?

Kidney + pt matter: All kidneys + all recipients are not equal. The underlying condition of the patient, + the quality of the kidney (does it work right away or is dialysis needed before it starts working?) play key roles in determining the recovery time. In the best circumstance, with a live donor kidney (these almost always work immediately) + a strong patient, return to non-physical work may be possible in 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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