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What is a liver transplant?

Rick Sayegh
Rick Sayegh on behalf of MDLIVE
Internal Medicine
Transplantation of a liver from a living or expired donor to a live one.
Liver transplantation involves the removal of a diseased or injured liver and replacing it with healthy liver tissue. Because liver tissue is able to regenerate, sometimes just a portion of a donated liver can be transplanted, which then grows to full size in the recipient in about six weeks.

The liver transplant procedure takes about 12 hours. Recipients take anti-rejection medications for the rest of their lives to prevent their immune systems from rejecting the new liver. Most people are able to eventually resume their normal activities after receiving a new liver.

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