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What can help make surgery a success and speed up the recovery for living-donor liver transplant?

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Whether you're a donor or you’re getting a new liver, follow these tips to help make surgery a success and speed up your recovery:

  • Take all your medications as prescribed.
  • Keep your doctor's appointments. Use these visits to ask questions about your surgery or recovery.
  • Relax with friends and family so you're at ease when you go into surgery.
  • Sign your informed consent forms. Ask questions if there's anything on them you don't understand.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Columbia University Department of Surgery, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living-Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Transplant: What You Can Expect."

University of Utah Healthcare: "Checklist for Surgery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Donors FAQ: The Donation Surgery."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Liver Transplant: Nutrition."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions," "Liver Transplant Alcohol Policy."

University of Minnesota Health: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

American Transplant Foundation: "What to Consider Before Donating."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Columbia University Department of Surgery, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living-Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Transplant: What You Can Expect."

University of Utah Healthcare: "Checklist for Surgery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Donors FAQ: The Donation Surgery."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Liver Transplant: Nutrition."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions," "Liver Transplant Alcohol Policy."

University of Minnesota Health: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

American Transplant Foundation: "What to Consider Before Donating."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

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