What Is Liver Transplantation?

The liver is a large organ in your body that stores energy, helps digest food, and removes toxins from the body. If your liver fails and other treatments haven’t worked, liver transplantation or replacing your liver with a healthy donor liver may be necessary to save your life. If this is the case, the Peak Gastroenterology Associates team can put you on a liver transplant list.

What Are the Symptoms of Liver Failure?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have liver failure:

See your Peak Gastroenterology Associates provider for an evaluation if you’re at risk of developing liver failure or have symptoms of liver damage.

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Is Liver Transplantation Right for Me?

Your gastroenterologist reviews your medical history and symptoms to determine if liver transplantation in Denver, Colorado Springs, & Lone Tree, CO with our team is right for you. They complete a comprehensive physical exam and may use blood tests, imaging tests, heart tests, or other diagnostic procedures to determine the extent of your liver damage. If you’re a good candidate for liver transplantation, you’re placed on a waiting list.

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What Should I Expect During Liver Transplantation?

You might wait weeks, months, or even longer for a healthy donated liver. Healthy livers used for transplantation often come from donors who have died. You may also receive part of a healthy liver from a living donor. If a liver becomes available, your doctor will call and ask you to come to the hospital at once to undergo the liver transplantation surgery. You’re placed under general anesthesia and are asleep during the procedure.

Your surgeon makes an incision in your abdomen and replaces your liver or a portion of your liver with a healthy donor liver. Liver transplantation can take up to 12 hours to complete. After making the switch, your doctor closes the incision, and you move to an intensive care unit to begin your recovery.

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What Happens After the Procedure?

After liver transplant surgery, your doctor tests your liver function and monitors you for complications. You might spend five to 10 days in the hospital and attend frequent checkups during your at-home recovery. You must take medications for the rest of your life after liver transplantation. A full recovery might take six months or longer.

If you suspect you have liver failure or would like to be considered for liver transplantation, schedule an appointment with Peak Gastroenterology Associates over the phone or request an appointment online today.

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