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You can expect to be in hospital for 7-14 days after a liver transplant. The first few days are spent in the intensive care unit to allow the extensive monitoring that is required. If you are recovering well from the surgery, the transplant team will be happy for you to be discharged home.
Everyone recovers at a different rate after a liver transplant. For patients that worked before the transplant, they are usually back to work within 3-6 months of the transplant. Once the first few months after your operation have passed, it is likely that your liver function will be stable and you won’t need to come to the transplant clinic as often. After the first 6 months, the risk of transplant rejection is lower, and your medications will usually reduce.
As with any major operation, there is a small risk of dying, but this is rare. The average risk of dying within a year of liver transplant is around 7 in 100. However, this varies widely on a patient-by-patient basis.
This can happen with some patients and is known as ‘recurrence’.
On average, 10 out of 100 patients who have a liver transplant may require a re-transplant as a result of disease recurrence, complications resulting from the first transplant or chronic deteriorating liver function
Yes. Approximately 3-5 in 100 patients will need to have a second liver transplant. This is known as re-transplantation. Re-transplantation can be needed for a number of reasons including the donor liver not working properly or problems with blood supply to the liver. Sometimes these problems can appear within hours or days after the transplant.
Yes, this is possible. Your general health will be taken into account. Please consider recording your wishes on organ donation in the national register.