- Who needs a Liver transplant?
Liver Transplant is the best option for recovery for patients suffering from Acute Liver Disease or in cases where all other possible medical treatments have proven ineffective, and the quality of life has deteriorated significantly.
- How long will I be able to live after the Liver Transplant?
Liver Transplant though is the last option for treatment of ailments; it delivers excellent results. Patients have lived with the donated liver successfully for over 30 years after undergoing the procedure.
- How much pain is there after the transplant?
You will be experiencing only minimal post liver transplant, and it will not at all be severe. As nerves have to be severed during the abdominal incision, which causes numbness of the skin. These nerves regenerate within six months bringing back the sensation in the area. Our experts will prescribe necessary medicines to help you manage the pain.
- How long will it take to recuperate from the surgery?
Most of the patients are discharged after 7-10 days after the transplant. After that, about 3 to 4 months of resting period is recommended, after which they can resume normal routine with little precautions.
- Will I be able to consume Alcohol after the transplant?
No. Alcohol consumption should strictly be avoided after the Liver transplant. As Alcohol is toxic to the liver and also interferes with medications also.
- Will I be able to enjoy a normal sexual life after the transplant?
Yes, you can lead a perfectly normal sexual life after the transplant. Due to Liver illness, some patients lose the sexual desires, but this is resolved after the transplant and the libido are back to normal soon. However, as you will be on immune-suppressants, your immunity will be compromised and as such you should use condoms to reduce the risk of contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases if you have multiple partners.
- What type of side effects I will experience from the medication and how to manage them?
Usually post-transplant medications have side effects like – increased blood pressure, mood swings, hair loss, an increase in blood sugar levels, weakness in bones, vomiting, headache, and nausea. These side effects will disappear with time as the dosages are reduced. Side effects can be irritating, but you should not discontinue your medications without consulting with your doctors. If the side effects are severe, medications can be changed.
- Can my Liver Disease relapse after the transplant?
Some Liver ailments like Hepatitis C can reappear in the new liver. Our doctors will guide you through the possible diseases that can relapse and you will be regularly monitored to reduce the chances of a possible relapse.
- How will my quality of life be affected by the Transplant?
Your quality of life will significantly improve after the Liver Transplant. Before the transplant, your Liver ailments had deteriorated your quality of life completely. However, after the transplant, you will be able to lead a normal life, if you observe all recommendations made by your doctors.
First three months are the most critical ones. Observe all precautions, observe complete rest and take medicines regularly. After that, you will be able to resume normal activities gradually and within six months you will be able to enjoy activities like going shopping, playing sports, socializing with friends, etc.