Be regular with your followup routine and trust your transplant team
Dr Bipin Vibhute,
Program Director & Head, Liver & Multiorgan Transplantation, Sahyadri Speciality Hospital, Pune, Maharahstra
Quote “My advise to liver patients: Have Faith, Stay Fit”
First, you must have full belief in your transplant team. Then, families and patients should make every effort to keep mentally and physically fit in coordination with transplant team and follow their advice is the key of successful transplant.
The overall success rate of liver transplant is over 94% and the majority of recipients can return to normal activities and achieve 95% of their quality of life which they had prior to liver disease. Since the recipients’ body may reject the new liver, it is essential for them to take immunosuppressive medications and continue follow up at the liver transplant clinic. Recovery time ranges from 1 to 2 weeks. Proper care, follow-up and life-long medications are required for the new Liver to function properly.
After successful liver transplantation counts in (94% of patients) – the patient is advised to take care of infections and to take anti-rejection medicines for life. The patient can return to normal quality of life and can return back to work in three months’ time. The patient has to regularly follow up with the surgeon in the first year and later at regular intervals as advised by his doctor. He will require blood tests to determine that his liver functions and to adjust his medications in the beginning and later the tests are infrequent. The patient is advised not to take any herbal or alternative drug treatment.
The transplant patient is assessed regularly for various complications like rejection, infection, narrowing of blood vessels etc., and appropriate treatment is initiated. Post transplantation, he is under the guidance of his doctor throughout his life.
Any health problems that do come up have to be investigated and treated, though they are infrequent in coordination with your transplant team.