This procedure involves the transfer of a healthy liver, usually from a recently deceased donor, into a person with liver disease. Sometimes, part of a liver is donated by a living relative. The donor and recipient must have the same blood type. After the transplant, the recipient is monitored in an intensive therapy unit for a few days and remains in hospital for up to 4 weeks. Most transplants are successful, but if the new liver fails, further transplants may be possible.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.