Liver Transplant - Overview

Liver Transplant is attributed to the uncharacteristic rise in cell reproduction also called Liver cancer.  This Surgery is performed when a part of the liver has been infected. Like other cancer treatments, Liver cancer treatment also depends on the stage of the condition. In this case, most of the top hospitals in the country remove just the part that needs attention and use multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). If the whole liver is infected, then the Liver transplant treatment is done. This treatment is replacing a donor’s liver to the patient. Liver cancer treatment is done in cases when the family has a history of liver cancer, excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking, diabetes, liver disease, low immunity etc. are known.

Liver Transplant - Symptoms

There are no visible signs in the early stages of primary Liver cancer . Liver cancer treatment begins once a person has fallen sick critically owing to liver damage resulting in transplantation of Liver. The standard signs and symptoms of liver cancer may include the following-

  • Yellowing of the skin, eyes, and tongue commonly known as Jaundice it is one of the most common indications that implies Liver cancer.
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden loss of weight
  • Swollen abdomen due to enlarging of liver
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting sensation
  • Having fever constantly is a usual sign that one shouldn’t ignore

These symptoms are known as nonspecific symptoms, as other chronic disorders may trigger similar effects. These symptoms remain inactive in the early stages and when they surface, the disease becomes virtually uncontrollable.

Liver Transplant - Pre-Procedure

Liver transplant is carried out after few tests of blood, urine, and heart, etc recommended by the doctor considering the symptoms. Once the patient and donor’s liver matches, the transplantation will take place. If you’re suitable for a liver transplant and once the good news of donor’s availability is confirmed, you’ll normally need to be placed on a waiting list until a donor’s liver becomes available. The average waiting time for a liver transplant is 142 days for adults, then the specialist doctors sit with the family of the patients to explain the entire process and the risk involved. A written agreement is signed. After completion of all the formalities, the patient is kept on “Nil by Mouth” diet which means the patient intakes fluid with the use of IV drip.

Liver Transplant - During Procedure

What does the team of specialties look like? The treatment include a  team of  the best liver hospital in  India which includes a hematologist, an anesthesiologist and paramedical support. It takes 6 hours to 12 hours to last the process. What should I expect during the process? Once all the monitoring devices are placed and anesthesia is given, a tube connected to a ventilator is inserted into the lungs. As the final part i.e. removal of the bile duct; the liver that needs a transplant is replaced with the donor’s liver.

Liver Transplant - Post-Procedure

Liver transplants are generally very successful. After the surgery, the patient is kept under observation to check if the blood pressure, the pulse rate, sugar level, body temperature etc. is normal. It takes 10 to 15 days to recover after which, the patient is allowed to leave. It’s a long process of recovering from liver transplantation,  but most people will eventually be able to return to most of their normal activities and have a good quality of life.

Liver Transplant - Risk & Complications

Post liver transplant or liver surgery, there are risks involved like the symptoms your body attacking the new liver (rejection) the new liver not working properly, blockage or leak in one of your bile. It’s not an easy surgery yet the positive side is the success rate has been high, however one should be ready for the outcome which can be both.

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