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When you are getting a liver transplant are you put on life support? To keep you alive

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Dr. Robert Andrews
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In brief: That

That depends on both your definition of life support and the technique your surgeon uses to connect the new liver to your body.
Some surgeons use a method that requires blood to temporarily be shunted outside the body, and this bypass might be considered "life support." however, other surgeons use a technique that does not require bypass. Al patients undergoing liver transplant are under very deep anesthesia, and are unable to breath on their own. Keeping the blood oxygentated therefore requires a machine to pump air in and out of the lungs. Some people might consider this machine to be a form of "life support, " though if that's the case, then most people undergoing major operations are on life support.

In brief: That

That depends on both your definition of life support and the technique your surgeon uses to connect the new liver to your body.
Some surgeons use a method that requires blood to temporarily be shunted outside the body, and this bypass might be considered "life support." however, other surgeons use a technique that does not require bypass. Al patients undergoing liver transplant are under very deep anesthesia, and are unable to breath on their own. Keeping the blood oxygentated therefore requires a machine to pump air in and out of the lungs. Some people might consider this machine to be a form of "life support, " though if that's the case, then most people undergoing major operations are on life support.
Dr. Robert Andrews
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In brief: Not commonly

Blood salvage-cell saver, some shunts may be used, but not heart lung machine.
Anesthetized, intubated, ivs, monitor lines could all be called "life supportive" techniques., .

In brief: Not commonly

Blood salvage-cell saver, some shunts may be used, but not heart lung machine.
Anesthetized, intubated, ivs, monitor lines could all be called "life supportive" techniques., .
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