What makes someone a good candidate for a liver transplant?
A good candidate for a liver transplant needs to be in good heart and lung health. Watch this video featuring liver transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Brown to learn why the post-surgery regimen requires a compliant-minded patient.
Obviously, we wouldn't want to put someone through a rigorous operation only to have them die of cancer or some other problem
shortly thereafter. [UPBEAT MUSIC]
Liver transplant is an excellent way to replace a diseased or failing liver. But it does not replace any of the other organs.
And because this is such strenuous surgery, the patient has to be in good physical condition with adequate heart, lung, and other bodily functions
to sustain the surgery. They can't have other conditions that would impair long-term survival after a transplant.
[UPBEAT MUSIC] Obviously, we wouldn't want to put someone
through a rigorous operation only to have them die of cancer or some other problem shortly thereafter, particularly when this requires either
a living donor to put themselves at risk or a deceased donor that could save someone else's life.
And finally, because the regimen after transplant is complex and requires medications
for life, laboratory tests, and follow-up, the patient has to be able to be compliant with that complex regimen.
So both personal insight and family support are critical. [AUDIO LOGO]
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