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Liver Transplant - Things That You Should and Should Not Be Worried About

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You can’t live without a liver. And if this vital organ is diseased, is rapidly dropping functionality, and has lost more healthy cells than it can repair, the doctors will suggest an organ transplant.

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A liver transplant surgery can offer you anywhere between five to twenty additional years of life. With more than 6000 such operations taking place in the United States per year, the techniques are well developed to ensure an almost safe and guaranteed operation and recovery.

However, there are exceptional cases, complications, and real-time issues that can crop up during or after the surgery and make the whole deal a lot messier. Also, donor liver organs are almost always scarce and thus, getting to the top of the waiting list is an entirely different ball game, one that you can only witness from afar and have no active role in shaping.

Things You Need Not Be Worried about before a Transplant Occurs

Swapping livers is not a light matter. Organ transplants are major surgeries with a load of probable complications trailing the procedure. Also, there is a constant demand for spare organs. For these reasons, you must not ponder over being wrongly judged of needing a liver transplant.

Medical teams consider several conditions, like your mental health, the severity of your condition, medical history, physical state, and peripheral support, before they decide to grant you the transplant. If there is any chance that surgery won’t be successful, or that a donor organ won’t help you live longer, the operation won't occur.

Once a matching organ is located and assigned to you, rest of the procedure follows quickly. Liver transplant surgeries have a fair five-year-survival rate of about 70% on average. The three-week stay at the hospital ensures that you get back on the healthy track while monitoring you for any possible complications.

Things That May Go Wrong before and after Liver Transplant Surgery

The most worrisome aspect of this procedure is finding a spare liver that matches yours. As a doctor puts you on the National Organ Waiting List, there are thousands in a somewhat similar condition awaiting an organ on the same list.

Every patient on the organ waiting list is given a MELD score. This Model of End-Stage Liver disease score is calculated using your creatinine levels and your liver’s capability to make blood-clotting proteins. This score defines your priority once an organ is in stock.

Another alarming situation may arise post-surgery. Cutting open your abdomen, even if attempted in the least invasive manner, could lead to internal bleeding, blood clots, bile duct damage, etc. Also, putting in a new liver alerts your immune system to the presence of something foreign in your body. Organ rejection, immunosuppressants side-effects, high blood sugar, and increased risk of infection act as active threats after the transplant surgery is completed.

Things That You Can Control

If you’ve already been through a liver transplant, congratulate yourself on winning half the battle. However, now you need to keep an eye on what you eat, how you drink, and what signs your body is giving away.

Stay away from alcohol, smoking, and painkillers and drugs that you haven’t been prescribed by the doctor. Keep an eye on your diet and weight. Keep your heart healthy by not letting cholesterol buildup in your veins. Begin regular physical exercise as soon as your medical team clears you for it.

While you can’t control a liver that's been damaged beyond repair, you can keep your newly transplanted organ safe and sound, if only you pay attention.

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