Liver Transplant

The Liver, which is the largest internal organ, is located on the right side of the body and is protected by the ribs.

The liver performs many critical functions

Helps in digestion of food

Helps distribute nutrients such as vitamins and minerals

Helps clean the blood by removing toxins

Manufacturers proteins that help blood clot and promote healing

What happens when the liver is not working properly ?

Absorption of vitamins and nutrients are decreased

Waste products are not efficiently removed from the body

Proteins that help blood clot are reduced

Body is unable to get the needed nutrients to provide energy and promote healing

Common Liver Diseases requiring Transplant

  • Hepatitis A,B & C
  • Fatty Liver ( NASH)-Non Alcholic steatohepatitis
  • Auto Immune Hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver Cancer
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis ( PBC)
  • Primary sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Sudden acute liver failure
  • Cryptogenic cirrhosis

Common Symptoms of Liver Disease

  • Fatigue : extreme tiredness
  • Ascites :excess fluid in the abdomen
  • Encephalopathy : confusion from high ammonia level in the blood
  • Jaundice : yellow color seen in eyes /skin
  • Pruritis : uncontrolled itching of the skin
  • Edema : swelling in the feet and legs
  • Bleeding : from esophagus , stomach or rectum

Medication:Only you are responsible for taking the medications that have been prescribed for you. You should talk to your doctor to understand fully:

  • The name and purpose of each medication
  • When to take each medication
  • How to take each medication
  • How long to continue taking each medication
  • Principal side effects of each medication
  • What to do if he forgets to take a dose
  • When to order more medication so it doesn’t run out
  • How to order or obtain medications
  • What to avoid while taking medications