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How does liver transplantation work?
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
2 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple steps
First you get evaluated by a transplant center. Then you can have a living donor transplant or a deceased donor transplant.
Living donors can be scheduled but for a deceased donor you must wait your turn for a matching donor. Your old liver is removed and the donor liver, either a full liver from a deceased donor or a partial liver from a living donor is attached to your blood vessels and...

In brief: Multiple steps
First you get evaluated by a transplant center. Then you can have a living donor transplant or a deceased donor transplant.
Living donors can be scheduled but for a deceased donor you must wait your turn for a matching donor. Your old liver is removed and the donor liver, either a full liver from a deceased donor or a partial liver from a living donor is attached to your blood vessels and...
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Continued
Bile duct.
After surgery you have to recover from the operation. It is a big operation. The operative time is anywhere from 5 to 24 hours. Afterwards you will be on immunosuppression medication forever. There are a number of complications associated with the operation and the aftercare.

In brief: Continued
Bile duct.
After surgery you have to recover from the operation. It is a big operation. The operative time is anywhere from 5 to 24 hours. Afterwards you will be on immunosuppression medication forever. There are a number of complications associated with the operation and the aftercare.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Stephen Cheng
Surgery - Transplant
In brief: It works very well.
A patient needing a liver transplant typically suffers from a combination of liver failure (jaundice, poor blood clotting, malnutrition) and complications from cirrhosis (varices, low platelets, fluid build up, encephalopathy).
Liver transplant replaces the cirrhotic liver and in the process removes all the complications of cirrhosis and restores normal liver function.

In brief: It works very well.
A patient needing a liver transplant typically suffers from a combination of liver failure (jaundice, poor blood clotting, malnutrition) and complications from cirrhosis (varices, low platelets, fluid build up, encephalopathy).
Liver transplant replaces the cirrhotic liver and in the process removes all the complications of cirrhosis and restores normal liver function.
Dr. Stephen Cheng
Dr. Stephen Cheng
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In brief: Long answer!
And far too lengthy for this space.
Check out this website http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/livertransplant_ez/#1 for all the details.

In brief: Long answer!
And far too lengthy for this space.
Check out this website http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/livertransplant_ez/#1 for all the details.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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