hepatitis C damages your liver so severely that it no
longer works well (end-stage liver failure), you may need a liver transplant to
extend your life. Liver transplants are not common.
liver transplant is the only surgical treatment that
can help people with end-stage liver failure.
What To Think About
Liver transplantation is a
risky, expensive procedure. And donor organs are hard to come by. Most of the
time, only people who are in good health (other than having liver disease) are
considered for a transplant. You will not be considered if you are using
alcohol or drugs or have certain mental health problems.
liver transplant, you will need lifelong follow-up care by a specialist. You
also will need to take immunosuppressant medicine to keep your body from
rejecting the new liver. This medicine may cause other problems.
Hepatitis C almost always infects the newly transplanted liver. Recurring
liver disease after a transplant can be a serious problem and may cause the new
organ to fail. But most patients do very well after a liver transplant and are
able to live normal lives.
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