There is great hope with Hepatitis C, no matter what stage you are in. Early diagnosis and new treatments available can help Hep C patients and their families receive a cure, as well as those who are diagnosed with advanced stages and may require liver transplant.
There are two types of Liver Transplants, Total Donor Transplant and Living Donor Transplant. There are many questions concerning Liver Transplant and the issues with Hepatitis C.
The American Liver Foundation describes a liver transplant is the process of replacing a sick liver with a donated, healthy liver. Liver Transplants require that the blood type and body size of the donor match the person receiving the transplant.
Currently more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States. Liver transplant surgery usually takes between four and twelve hours. Most patients stay in the hospital for up to three weeks after surgery.
Donated livers come from living and non-living donors. Living donors can donate a part of their liver. The donated and the remaining part of the donor’s liver will regenerate and grow to the size the body needs in weeks.
Most donated livers come from people who recently died and had no liver injury. Non-living donors either have agreed to be organ donors or their families decide after they have passed away. A smaller amount of liver transplants come from living donors which involve specific requirements. In all cases, donors and families are Hero’s for Life for those battling liver disease.
Today we are featuring two important medical video’s. Dr. Joseph Galati M.D, with Liver Specialist of Texas, will share the Five Most Common Questions Liver Transplant Patients Ask.
Our second video discusses, Liver Transplant from a Living Donor.
Each will address important questions and answers common to Liver Transplant patients and in depth information regarding the difference between the two types of transplants.
Do you have a question about liver transplant? Have you or a loved one gone through a liver transplant?
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Helpful medical information about liver transplants and the steps for evaluation.
- American Liver Foundation.
- Liver Transplant from John Hopkins
- Liver Specialist of Texas/Dr. Joseph Galati M.D.
- The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Liver Transplant Program.
- Liver Transplant from UT Southwest Medical
- Information on Living Donor Transplants from UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Liver Transplants at Duke University in North Carolina
- The Mayo Clinic Liver Transplant Program
- The Liver Institute: Dallas, Texas/Methodist Health
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