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What will happen after the surgery for living-donor liver transplant?

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You'll need to stay in the hospital for up to a week after surgery. If you're getting a new liver and you were extremely ill before your transplant, you may need to stay for several weeks.

Plan for someone to help take care of you, your small children, your pets, or your home while you recover, or give you rides while you're on pain medicine.

If you're a donor, you can store up to 2 pints of your own blood in case you need a transfusion during surgery.

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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