Here’s What You Should Know About Liver Transplant

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Why Is Liver Transplant Done?  

Liver transplant is a process where your liver is replaced with a new and healthily functioning liver. It is when doctors recommend you to get your liver replaced because you can not live with your old liver. Liver transplant is by far the best solution if your liver stops working. 

If your liver stops or fail, it is because either it is damaged or is no longer in a state of normal functioning

Why Do We Need A Donor?

The liver part of the live donor is transferred to the recipient immediately after the recipient’s liver is completely removed.

The liver, unlike all the other organs in the body, has the ability to regenerate and grow, making it possible to transmit liver from a live donor. The liver’s self-renewal begins immediately and lasts up to 1 year. Therefore, when the surgeons remove a part of the liver from the donor, the remaining piece in the donor and the part placed in the receiver quickly return to their original dimensions.

Who Can The Donor Be?

In Turkey, relatives up to 4th degree can be liver donors. The status of the donors without the degree of kinship is evaluated and decided in the Ethics Committee of our hospitals. The report that the citizens of Pakistan receive in their countries after the Ethics Committee also gets approved by the Turkish Consulate. This report is approved by the Turkish Consulate. In doubt of any commercial relationship between the donor and the receiver, these reports must get re-evaluation in the Ethics Committee in Turkey.

How Can We Know That The Donor Is Our Match?

The recipient and the blood groups of the donor should be compatible. In the evaluation, it is considered that the donor’s liver is normal and in a sufficient size. In addition, the donor should not have any psychiatric disorders that will make this procedure difficult. The donor must not have any infectious disease that can transmit to the recipient. Finally, the donor must be decided by his/her own free will without any pressure.

The first step in the evaluation is to determine your blood group. This is a very simple test. If you want, you can have it checked in any blood center. The donor’s blood must be the same type as the receiver or ‘0’. The Rh factor of the donor (+) or (-) has no effect.

If you are going to be a liver donor, then you should not use alcohol. If you have used alcohol in your history, you should inform our doctor. Alcohol use is not an obstacle to your donation, but liver biopsy may be needed to check for any damage to your liver.

How Long Will I Stay Away From Work?

The minimum rest period after surgery is 4-6 weeks. As the healing process will change from person to person, it may take 8-12 weeks for pain and fatigue to pass.

When Does My Liver Reach Its Normal Sizes?

The liver begins to regenerate itself immediately. The most intensive regeneration takes place in the first 2 weeks. At the end of 3 months, the liver reaches a size close to the old one.

How Long Will I Stay In Hospital?

The average hospital stay of the recipient is 15-21 days and the donor’s hospital stay is 7-10 days.

Nutrition Recommendations For Liver Transplant Patients

The only task of the patient in the rest of his life is to live within the framework of a healthy life model when liver transplantation performed by qualified doctors and your body accepts the new organ.

Therefore, you must pay attention to hygiene as well as to the risk of infection. The issues to be considered are listed below:

Foods That I Am Not Allowed To Eat?

Salt: If it is used, it should be used in very small amounts. However, it is recommended that you do not use salt because you have already received salt from foods such as olives, cheese and bread.

Sugar: It is recommended that you do not consume foods such as cakes, biscuits, paste desserts, molasses. 

White Bread: It is recommended that you eat whole wheat bread or rye bread. 

Frying: Cook your meals boiled, in the oven, steamed or grilled.

Delicatessen Products and Offal: Processed meat products such as salami, sausage should not be consumed.

Acidic beverages: Canned fruit juices, acidic beverages and alcohol should not be consumed.

There are a lot of people in Pakistan that suffer from hepatitis and liver failure but are not properly attended. Many people die due to a lack of proper attention and some of them choose to travel to cheaper places where even the treatments are not guaranteed. We have always tried to serve healthcare with the best possible services and yet again we’re trying to offer people with another great offer. Contact us at 0345-0601906 or visit us at for more details. 

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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