Liver Transplant

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Who needs Liver Transplant

A liver transplant is an operation in which a patient's diseased liver is replaced with a whole or partial healthy liver from a living or deceased donor. Liver transplant is a treatment option considered by those who have liver failure and whose condition can't be controlled with other with treatments. The following conditions may result in a chronic liver failure as a result of which the patient has to consider the option of the liver transplant:

  • Chronic hepatitis with cirrhosis.
  • Primary biliary cholangitis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Sclerosing cholangitis 
  • Alcoholism

The decision a patient is qualified for liver transplant is made by specialists such as liver specialists and surgeons.

Liver Transplant Benefits

Liver transplant helps save the lives of many. It can also improve the quality of life for someone with metabolic disease. Other benefits include the following:

  • Improves the quality of life.
  • Transplant recipients will be able to live a healthy life like a normal person.
  • They can also resume the normal activities of life within 6 months of the treatment

Liver Transplant Recovery

According to an estimate, around 70 percent of people who undergo liver transplant live for at least five years. Your chances of a successful liver transplant and long-term survival depend on Also, an important aspect is that people who receive a liver from a living donor have better short-term survival rates compared to those who receive a deceased-donor liver. After a liver transplant, you can expect to:

  • Stay in the intensive care unit for a few days after the transplant. 
  • Spend 5 to 10 days in the hospital and once you're stable, you're taken to a transplant recovery area to continue recuperating.
  • Have frequent checkups as you continue recovering at home. 
  • Take medications as prescribed. You'll have to take a number of medications after your liver transplant, many for the rest of your life.

In six months or more, you'll feel fully healed after your liver transplant surgery. You'll be able to resume normal activities or go back to work a few months after surgery.

Liver Transplant Cost In Pakistan

Liver transplant cost in Pakistan ranges from PKR 3 million to PKR 5 million. It varies depending upon the surgeon who performs the surgery, materials used and hospital expenditure.