Living Donor Liver Transplant
A living donor liver transplantation is a process in which a part of the liver from a healthy person is removed and placed into someone whose liver has failed and stopped working completely. The remaining portion of the liver in the donor’s body regrows over time and the same happens with the recipient’s liver. The person who can donate the liver should be a close relative, should be between 18-55 years, should have a blood group compatible with the recipient’s, should not be Pregnant.
Deceased Donor Liver Transplant
Deceased Donor liver transplantation is a surgical process in which a liver is harvested or taken from a brain dead person whose family has agreed to donate his organ after his death. This harvested liver is then placed into someone in need, maybe an adult or a part of the liver in a child. In such cases of liver transplantation, anyone can become a donor after the medical condition of a brain dead donor is known and his family is ready to donate the organs.
Swap Liver Transplantation
Swap Liver Transplantation is a process in which the liver of a donor is prepared for the swap because the donor’s blood group is not compatible with the recipient’s but still wishes to donate. In such a case, the donor needs to apply in the transplantation center and get his liver ready for the swap. In this surgical process, surgeries of both the donor and recipient start at the same time and the removal of the liver is done simultaneously.
Dual Organ Transplantation
In patients with serious illness and multi-organ failure, the only option for treatment remains is that of Dual Organ Transplant. Out of different Dual organ transplants, one is Kidney Pancreas Transplant which is an optimal treatment for the patient with type 1 diabetes and kidney failure. Thus a diabetic patient with kidney failure will need a kidney transplant to prolong their life. Performing a pancreas transplant at the same time will eliminate the problem of poorly controlled sugars after kidney transplant, by optimally controlling sugars.
What you should know about Liver Transplant?
1. Life expectancy after a liver transplant:
Various statistics show that 70% of people who undergo a liver transplant live for five years which means out of 100 people, 70 people are likely to live up to five more years after transplant and the other 30 people will die within 5 years.
2. Who is not eligible for a liver transplant?
Someone who is not eligible for a liver transplant is someone who has cancer outside the liver, has been drinking alcohol from 6 months or has a substance abuse, active infections, have disabling psychiatric conditions, documented medical non-compliance, lack of adequate social support, lack of adequate insurance and other diseases or conditions.
3. How long is the waiting list for a liver transplant?
The average time for the waiting list of a liver transplant is approx 145 days for adults and 72 days for children. While someone is on a waiting list, they need to keep themselves as healthy as possible and be ready to get contacted at any moment, day or night.