What to expect after living donor surgery?

 

Liver transplant is a critical surgical procedure where a damaged liver is replaced by a healthy liver. People suffering from acute failures are recommended a liver transplant surgery for a speedy recovery and a comfortable survival. There are two types of donor, deceased and living donor. The living-donor liver transplant involves, translating a portion of a liver from living donor to the recipient through a surgical procedure. Anyone from your family member can become a donor, depending upon his/her medical history. The duration of recovery for a donor involves three phrases evaluation, transplant surgery and post surgery. Let’s talk about major  points to be considered if you are a donor or going to become one.

Evaluation process

Both living donor and recipient need to undergo health and psychological evaluation at a transplant centre. The process involves physical exams of both the participants; include discussions related to potential benefits and risks of surgery and crucial factors. Liver transplant is a safe procedure although donating a portion of liver carries significant risks. Therefore, doctors always keep donor in loop the whole time.  To find a suitable donor for the recipient, a doctor will ask about his/her medical history involves drinking habits, chronic diseases and other conditions which are considered harmful for your liver. Often times, donors get disqualified in the process as they are not a suitable match for the recipient.

During surgery

On the day of surgery, doctors first operate on donor and remove a portion from donor’s liver. The surgery requires general anaesthesia and a large abdominal incision. The duration of surgery is approx four-six hours. It is advisable to follow the instructions given by team for a speedy healing.  All surgical procedures leave a scar on the body, don’t worry follow the instructions and keep on with your life. Dr. Vivek is the youngest liver transplant doctor in India, Fortis hospital with 100% success rate.

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Post surgery

Liver donors are able to live an independent life after the surgery. You need to visit the centre first weeks, three months or for a year as instructed by your doctors. Liver donors can keep on with their daily tasks while recovering at home, like getting dressed, and be doing other simple daily activities. Don’t worries you will get back to normal life and don’t forget to keep in touch with your doctor during the recovery process. Ailbs offers the lowest cost of liver transplant in India with 100% success rate.

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How to find the Right Liver Donor for Transplant Surgery?

A patient with end term hepatic illness, whose liver has been damaged to an extent where the condition cannot be treated, is suggested to undergo Liver Transplant Surgery. Liver transplantation involves the removal of a segment of a donor’s healthy liver and the replacement of the recipient’s damaged liver with the same. The urgency of a transplant surgery solely depends upon the severity of the patient’s disease.

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There are two types of donors, living donors and cadaveric donors. Based upon the evaluation of urgency, a patient is listed on the cadaveric donation list. However, in case of living donor, finding the correct liver donor may be a hassle. Dr. Vivek Vij, a renowned Liver Surgeon with the highest success rate (100% donor success rate) of liver transplant success rate in India, states that it is mandatory to match the blood group of donor and recipient before the transplant surgery so as to avoid acute rejection of the transplanted organ, which can even cause death.

While looking for a living donor, it must be scrutinized that the donor is not under any financial or emotional pressure to donate his organ, and agrees out of sheer willingness. Dr. Vivek Vij, the top liver surgeon, Member of International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS), Chicago with the highest Cost of Liver Transplant in India, states that a complete health checkup of the donor is mandatory. It is to be ensured that the donor is capable of recovery post surgery, and there will be least complications possible. The hepatic health and lifestyle of a potential donor are also scrutinized well before the surgery. A donor cannot be alcoholic, pregnant, obese, smoker or suffering from any psychiatric illness.

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Meeting the basic medical requirements is necessary to ensure the well being of both, donor and the recipient. Finding the right Liver Donor for a Transplant Surgery is a long process, however, living donor requires comparatively lesser time.