What is Liver Transplant or Liver transplantation?
Liver transplant is a procedure where the damaged liver of an individual is replaced with a healthy liver of either living or deceased person. In chronic liver disease, the individual's liver is damaged such that it cannot function normally. The liver is an internal organ that is very important for the body’s metabolic function and makes proteins that are very essential for blood clotting. Liver transplantation is mostly performed by a specialist who has enough experience in liver transplantation surgery. A liver transplant can cure acute liver damage but however, it is mostly done to treat chronic liver damage. Chronic liver damage is caused by liver cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver, and infection by hepatitis B and C etc. There are some risks and complications associated with liver transplant along with its own benefits.
What are the advantages of a Liver Transplant?
Following are the advantages of liver transplant
What are the indications of Liver Transplant?
Liver transplant is indicated in the following conditions
What is the preparation for Liver Transplant?
What are the steps involved in Liver Transplant?
Generally, the liver is received from either living or deceased person. However, the steps involved in liver transplantation are
What is the postprocedure care/recovery care for Liver Transplant?
Who can perform this [Right specialist type for Liver Transplant]?
Liver transplantation can be performed by
What is the cost of a Liver Transplant?
Cost of the liver transplant depends on the following factors
The minimum cost for Liver Transplant in Bangalore starts from Rs.20,00,000.
Average price for Liver Transplant in Bangalore is approximately Rs.24,00,000.
The maximum amount for Liver Transplant to be paid in Bangalore rises up to Rs. 28,00,000.
Is Liver Transplant a major surgery or minor surgery?
The severity of the procedure depends on
However, Liver Transplant is major surgery.
What is the eligibility criteria for a Liver Transplant?
Liver Transplant can be performed on
What is the ineligibility criteria for a Liver Transplant?
Candidates who cannot undergo Liver Transplant are
What are the risks and complications associated with Liver Transplant?
Risks and complication involved in the Liver Transplant are
How long does it take to complete Liver Transplant?
To complete the liver transplant procedure, the surgeon may take about 4 to 8 hours.
What is the recovery time?
Recovery time from a liver transplant is about 3-5 months and mostly depends on the immune system of the patient.
What is the success rate of Liver Transplant?
The success rate of liver transplant mainly depends on
However, the success rate of a Liver Transplant is 75% to 89%.
Is Liver Transplant painful?
During the surgery, you will be sedated by giving general anesthesia and thus you won't feel any pain. But, after the surgery, there may be a mild to moderate pain. If the pain is severe and persistent, your doctor will provide a prescription of pain killers and needed to consume those medications to reduce the pain.
Is Liver Transplant Permanent?
Liver transplantation is done to provide a good, healthy and long-lasting liver for an individual who is having a damaged liver. So, the transplanted liver may remain in a good health condition but in some cases, the individual may again develop the liver disease and can damage the transplanted liver too.
What are the long-term results of a Liver Transplant?
Can it be detected in the future?
Any doctor who evaluates the liver function may able to detect the liver transplantation.
What are the options if the Liver Transplant fails or not successful?
Failure of Liver transplant may occur due to the immune system of an individual. So, if a liver transplant is not successful, the doctor may prescribe immunosuppressants to prevent the immune system from damaging the transplanted liver. Thus, the transplant rejection may be reversed.
What are the alternatives for Liver Transplant?
Some of the alternatives to liver transplant are
What is Liver Transplant rejection?
Liver transplant rejection is destroying the transplanted liver by patients own immune system. The immune system identifies the transplanted liver as a foreign substance and tries to destroy it. So, some medications will be given to the patient to prevent the immune system from destroying it.
Is liver transplant dangerous for the donor?
There may be increased risks and complications to the donor for donating a liver and they are
Is liver transplant possible for liver cancer?
Yes, It is possible. If liver cancer has not spread to other surrounding tissues and blood vessels, then liver transplantation is possible.
Does liver transplant cure Wilson's disease, cirrhosis?
Wilson's disease may increase damage to the liver and brain if it is untreated. So, liver transplantation can cure Wilson's disease in patients with acute liver damage.
Cirrhosis is the condition where an individual's liver is at the endpoint to function and needed to be replaced with another. So, for cirrhosis patients, a liver transplant may or may not cure the disease condition and it depends on the status of the patient's health condition and immune system.