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Complications After Liver Transplant

Navigating Post Liver Transplant Complications: What You Should Know

A liver transplant, a remarkable feat of modern medicine, can lead to life-saving transformations. However, like any major surgical procedure, it comes with its share of potential complications. While not everyone experiences these challenges, understanding them is vital for both patients and their families. Timely follow-ups and strict adherence to medical guidance can often prevent or mitigate these post-transplant complications.

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    1. Bleeding: Taming the Red Torrent

    Bleeding can arise during or after a liver transplant due to fluctuations in blood coagulation parameters. Fortunately, advances in surgical techniques and medical management have made bleeding largely preventable and correctable.

    1. Immunological Rejection: The Battle Within

    Immunological rejection is a common challenge that stems from our immune system’s innate tendency to reject foreign organs, such as the newly transplanted liver. To counter this, patients receive lifelong immunosuppressant medications to safeguard the precious graft.

    1. Infection: The Immune Balancing Act

    Immunosuppressive drugs, while crucial for preventing rejection, can compromise the body’s immunity, leaving patients more vulnerable to infections, be they bacterial, viral, or fungal. The early post-transplant period carries a higher risk, and prophylactic medications are often prescribed to shield against these potential invaders.

    1. Biliary Complications: A Historical Hurdle Overcome

    Bile leakage or strictures in the bile duct were once common post-transplant complications. However, advances in surgical techniques have significantly reduced their occurrence, especially in specialized centers.

    1. The Medication Maze: Navigating Immunosuppressants

    Immunosuppressant medications, while essential, come with their own set of side effects. Monitoring the dosage is crucial to mitigate complications, which can include elevated blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia), increased blood sugar levels, reduced magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia), and neurological issues like tremors, mood swings, seizures, or even renal failure. Early detection through regular follow-up visits is the key to prevention.

    1. Recurrence of Primary Disease or Liver Cancer: A Lingering Concern

    Even after a successful liver transplant, there’s a chance of the primary disease recurring, especially in cases involving hepatitis C and liver cancer. Thorough diagnostic assessments are essential for transplant selection, based on medical, clinical, and radiological profiles.

    In this journey to renewed health, understanding these post-liver transplant complications and diligently following the medical guidance can pave the way for a brighter, healthier future. Your medical team is your unwavering support on this path, ensuring that the odds remain in your favor.

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      Dr-Vivek-Vij

      Dr. Vivek Vij

      Speciality:        Liver Transplant Surgeon
      Experience:     24 Years Experience Overall  (20 years as specialist)
      Hospital:          Fortis Hospital Noida

      About Doctor:

      • Dr. Vivek Vij is a pioneering liver transplant surgeon credited with developing living donor surgery and standardising safety protocols to achieve the highest donor safety since the donor safety profile since the time of its inception in the country.
      • He is the first surgeon from the Indian subcontinent to publish a series of laparoscopic Donor Hepatectomy in ‘Liver Transplantation’.
      • He is the founder of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Sciences in Fortis group of Hospitals, starting a highly successful liver transplant program initially at its Noida centre and then at Mohali. Read More

      Fortis Hospital Noida

      Fortis Hospital Noida

      Number of beds: 200
      ICU Beds:                 70
      Airport Distance: 31 KMs

      About Hospital:

      • Fortis Hospital Noida is a renowned Multi-Super Specialty Hospital. It is known for offering a wide spectrum of advanced medical treatments to its patients.
      • Fortis Noida has maintained a path-breaking record in providing the best healthcare solutions since its establishment in 2004.
      • Fortis Hospital Noida is NABH accredited as well. Read More

      FMRI

      Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) 

      Number of beds:  1000
      ICU Beds:                  298
      Airport Distance:  17 KMs

      About Hospital:

      • Fortis Memorial Research Institute was established in 2001.
      • It is an outstanding multi-speciality quaternary care hospital,having the top-notch infrastructure, advanced equipment, highly qualified and experienced medical professionals and super sub-specialists.
      • Fortis Hosptial Gurgaon is an advanced centre of excellence in Robotic Surgery, Neurosciences, Oncology, Renal Sciences, BMT, Organ Transplants, Orthopaedics, Cardiac Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Read More
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