Liver Transplant: Everything You Need to Know
May 5, 2014•9 min
Your liver is the second largest organ in your body and has several jobs in order to keep your body running, without your liver you are unable to survive.Your liver is the second largest organ in your body and has several jobs in order to keep your body running. One of the main functions is processing what you've eaten and drank into energy.You need your liver in order to survive.A liver transplant is a surgical procedure to remove your diseased liver and replace it with a healthy liver from a donor.According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the US.Why would you need a liver transplant?Most patients that need a liver transplant are those who suffer from chronic liver disease where your liver is failing overtime. The second most common reason is if you have liver cancer that cannot be treated with a partial transplant.There are several clues that your body gives off when your liver is shutting down or is in need of a transplant. If your skin turns yellow, bruising or bleeding easily, becoming forgetful or confused, throwing up blood, if you tired or weak, if you're losing weight and if you are passing black stools.If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is crucial that you get yourself to an emergency room as soon as possible.After you've put on the waiting list and your time has come for a transplant, you will be notified as early as six hours before the procedure. The operation will take roughly 12 hours you will most likely spend six to nine days in the hospital before you can be released.What else do you need to know about liver transplants?William C. Chapman, MD, FACS joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss the importance of your liver, the symptoms that you need a liver transplant, if there's a long waiting list and everything you need to know about having a liver transplant.