Seventy-two percent of those who receive a liver transplant have a life expectancy of five years or more, states Mayo Clinic. Individual specifics of cases are influential in the outlook following surgery.Continue Reading
In addition to individual circumstances playing a role in survival, notes Mayo Clinic, the number of years a person has to live following the surgery is positively influenced when a living person's liver is used. The five-year survival rate for those receiving a liver transplant from a living donor is 78 percent. Those who receive a liver transplant from a live donor usually have a shorter waiting period for liver donation.
The transplant surgery itself typically takes no more than 12 hours, according to Mayo Clinic. Liver recipients can expect to be able to go home within a couple of weeks after the transplant.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
As of 2015, Mayo Clinic is still the best hospital for a liver transplant, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report ranks Mayo Clinic number one in the nation for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery. The practice of gastroenterology includes liver transplantation, according to PubMed Central.Full Answer >
A variety of methods, including removal of the cancerous portion of the liver and surrounding tissue or liver transplant surgery, can treat hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer, according to Mayo Clinic. Other possible treatments for liver cancer involve heating or freezing the liver's cancerous cells.Full Answer >
A liver transplant involves surgically removing a healthy liver or portion of a liver from a donor, cutting an incision in the recipient's abdomen to access the damaged liver, detaching the damaged liver from the bile ducts and blood supply, placing the donor's liver in the recipient, reconnecting the new liver to the bile ducts and blood supply, and stitching the incision, according to Mayo Clinic. A surgeon performs a liver transplant while the patient is under general anesthesia.Full Answer >
The inclusion criteria for liver transplant candidates are presence of end-stage disease, limited life expectancy due to liver dysfunction, no therapy other than transplantation offers liver function improvement or extension of life and expected compliance with medical regimens. Beyond the physical criteria, the patient needs solid support systems prior to and during the surgery and a commitment to post transplant treatment regimes, according to Vanderbilt University Medical School.Full Answer >