The Yashoda Hospital department of diseases of the liver and liver transplant are a part of the centre for digestive and liver diseases. Our department consists of the best and most experienced liver transplant teams in the region. We follow a patient-centric approach, and thus we treat patients with all type of chronic liver failure conditions.
Our Unit is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and the best equipment and the latest infrastructure. Our department also has the best and most well equipped Liver Transplant ICU in the region with a separate AHU for each bed, thereby minimising the risk of infection.
We offer seamless, comprehensive, and integrated world-class healthcare to the community under our care with comprehensive pre and post-liver transplant management. Our hospital strives to deliver world-class healthcare to the patient suffering from chronic liver conditions.
What are the Causes of Liver Diseases?
There are times when there are problems with your liver that leads to inflammation. Some of the common causes for liver, including:
Immune System Problems
Cancer and Tumors
Some inherited liver disorders include,
Other Causes of Liver Disease
What Is Liver Transplant?
The liver is the most important part of the body which performs several critical functions. Liver failure can occur if chronic conditions or diseases affect the functioning of the liver. Here, the liver is then replaced with a healthy liver from a living or deceased donor. This process is called as a liver transplant.
What Are The Several Indications For Liver Transplant?
A person experiencing liver failure due to end-stage liver diseases (ESLD) must undergo the process of a Liver Transplant. These diseases include:
Most complicated liver disease include:
Are You A Candidate For Liver Transplant?
The doctor will examine the patient’s current medical condition to assess whether he/she fits for Liver Transplant or not. You are an eligible candidate for Liver Transplant if you experience:
A patient with end-stage liver disease is not a candidate generally for a liver transplant if he/she suffers from:
What Are The Several Diagnosis Tests Required Prior To Liver Transplant?
Before recommending a Liver Transplant, our doctor will ask you to undergo a few medical examinations. These medical examinations will help the doctor to create a personalised treatment plan. The diagnostic tests you may be asked to undergo are:
What Is The Expected Procedure For Liver Transplant?
Liver Transplant Preoperative Details
Before proceeding with the surgery, the doctors will perform a series of tests and screening process to make sure that the patient is fit for the procedure. A week or two before the surgery, the patient might be prescribed certain medications to avoid any sort of infection during or after the surgery.
The patient will be given general anaesthesia before moving to the operation theatre. This will help the patient to sleep through the Liver transplant procedure.
Liver Transplant Operative Details
The liver transplantation is the procedure that usually consists of three operations.
First Operation: Receiving the Liver from the donor for a liver transplant procedure, a donor liver’s is replaced from the patient damaged liver. There are two forms of liver donors:
Our team of doctors help in keeping the donor’s organ working with the help of medications and other "life support" devices. Using ice and special solutions until they can be implanted, the team removes the donated organs and keep them alive. The liver transplant must take place within six hours of the removal of the liver.
Depending on the medical condition of the patient, the liver transplant procedure can be challenging and complex or very simple and easy. Here, the doctor will make a curved incision in the upper part of the patient’s abdomen and extracts the patients liver.
In the final step of implantation, the patients’ liver diseases is replaced with the donor’s liver. After the liver transplantation, the suture (stitch) is connected with the patient’s new liver, blood vessels and bile ducts.
Liver Transplant Postoperative Details
After the liver transplantation, the patient has to spend 6 to 10 days in the intensive care unit for monitoring purpose. After the liver transplantation surgery, the regeneration of the liver usually takes about 5 to 7 weeks. After liver transplantation surgery, most people are symptoms free and feel much better; however, the patient needs to take some lifelong precautions and medication to improve their quality of life.
What Are The Precautions One Have to Take After The Liver Transplant?
After the liver transplant procedure, the patient must follow the following precautions:
Are There Any Complications Involved?
The liver transplant surgery might come with mild complications, such as:
Anti-rejection medication side effects
After a liver transplant procedure, your doctor might ask you to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of your life which can result in side effects such as:
These anti-rejection drugs come with an increased risk for infection by suppressing the immune system. To fight the infections caused by these anti-rejection drugs, doctors even prescribe the medications.