Liver transplantation is a surgical procedure performed to remove a diseased or injured liver and replace it with a whole or a portion of a healthy liver from another person, called the donor. Since the liver is the only organ in the body able to regenerate, a transplanted segment of a liver can grow to normal size within weeks.
Types of Transplant
There are two types of liver transplant options
1. Living donor transplant
2. Deceased donor transplant
Living donor transplant
Although each person has only one liver and would die without it, it is possible to donate a portion of the liver for transplantation into another individual. During a living donor transplant, surgeons remove a part of the living donor’s healthy liver. Surgeons remove your diseased or injured liver and replace it with the part from the living donor. The living donor’s liver grows back to normal size soon after the surgery. The part of the liver that you receive also grows to normal size.
Deceased donor transplant
Most livers for transplants come from people who have just died called deceased donors transplant. During a deceased donor transplant, surgeons remove your diseased or injured liver and replace it with the deceased donor’s liver.
You can likely go home about 2 weeks after your transplant surgery. A living donor can typically go home about 1 week after surgery. Your first return appointment after a liver transplant will generally be scheduled about 1 to 2 weeks after discharge. After that, follow-up is 3, 6, 9 and 12 months from the date of the transplant, and then once a year for the rest of your life.
According to a study, people who have a liver transplant have an 89% percent chance of living after one year. The five-year survival rate is 75 percent.
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