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Liver transplant

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Introduction
A liver transplant is an operation to remove a diseased or damaged liver from the body and replace it with a healthy one.
Why a liver transplant is needed
A liver transplant becomes necessary when the liver has been damaged to such an extent that it cannot perform its normal functions.
Who can use a liver transplant
There is a strict assessment process that decides who can have a liver transplant, as donated livers are scarce both in England and around the world.
Waiting for a liver transplant
Because of the lack of available livers, it is rarely possible to have a liver transplant as soon as it is needed, so it is likely that you will be placed on a transplant waiting list.
How it is performed
You will be contacted by staff at the liver transplant centre as soon as a suitable liver becomes available. It will need to be the right size and match your blood group.
Recovery
Once your liver transplant is complete, you will be moved to an intensive care unit (ICU).
Complications of liver transplant
Complications of a liver transplant can include rejection, an increased risk of infection and developing certain conditions such as diabetes.
'Every day was a bonus'
Read the real story of Shohanna Newman-Kidd, who had a split liver transplant to correct biliary atresia, a condition she was born with.
'The operation changed my whole life'
Read about the real story of Gordon Bridewell, who had a pioneering liver transplant in 1975 and is now the world's longest surviving transplant patient.