Liver Transplantation – A liver transplant is a type of surgery in which a doctor replaces a diseased liver with a healthy liver.
Liver Transplantation – When might you need it?
You might need a liver transplant if you have severe liver disease. This is a condition in which the liver does not work the way it should. It can cause symptoms such as tiredness and swelling in the legs and belly. It can also make the skin or whites of the eyes look yellow. This is called “jaundice.” People with some types of liver cancer might also need a liver transplant.Before you have a liver transplant, your doctor will try other treatments. Your doctor will only recommend a liver transplant if no other treatments work.
What happens before I can get a liver transplant?
Before you get a liver transplant, you need to go through several steps.Since liver transplant is only performed in a small number of specialized hospital you will have to visit a center of your choice where liver transplantation are performed. At the transplant hospital you will be asked some questions, and examined by the transplant surgeon before you are considered for a liver transplantation. You will be asked questions about:-
- Your other medical conditions and medicines you take
- Your lifestyle (for example, alcohol, drug use, or smoking)
- Your family and other support systems.
Not everyone who goes to a liver transplant center gets a transplant. To be considered, you must meet certain conditions. For example, you must:
- Have severe liver disease that has not gotten better with other treatments
- Not have serious heart and lung disease, such as COPD
- Not have certain forms of cancer now or in the last 5 years
- Not use alcohol or drugs
- Be willing to take medicines for the rest of your life after surgery.
Once it is decided that you need a liver transplantation and that you are fit to undergo one, you will be explained about the two possible ways to have a liver transplantation, which are either a Deceased donor or a Living donor liver transplantation. The decision about which transplant to opt for is not simple and is determined by a lot of medical and social factors.
Please refer to my pages on the 2 different types of liver transplantation surgeries.
Liver Transplantation Surgery in Kochi is performed regularly at VPS Lakeshore Hospital.