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About liver transplantsAAbout liver transplantsAbout liver transplantsEnglishTransplant;GastrointestinalTeen (13-18 years)LiverDigestive systemProcedures;Conditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2017-11-30T05:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>The goal of a liver transplant is to improve liver function and have you feeling better.<br></p>

 

 

About liver transplants2639.00000000000About liver transplantsAbout liver transplantsAEnglishTransplant;GastrointestinalTeen (13-18 years)LiverDigestive systemProcedures;Conditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2017-11-30T05:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>The goal of a liver transplant is to improve liver function and have you feeling better.<br></p><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yXvOe1ib4y0?rel=0&showinfo=0"></iframe> <br></div><p>A liver transplant is an operation that moves a liver (or part of a liver) from one person (the donor) to another person (you, the recipient).<br></p><p>You will need a liver transplant if:</p><ul><li>your liver is not working well enough to keep you healthy</li><li>you have a metabolic condition that can be stabilized with a liver transplant.</li></ul><p>The disease that causes you to need a liver transplant is often called your primary disease. It is important that you know the name of your specific liver or metabolic disease and how it affects your health.</p><p>If you know the name, write it down in your health journal or in <a href="/Article?contentid=2775&language=English"> <em>MyHealth Passport</em></a>. If you do not already use <em>MyHealth Passport</em>, you can use a <a href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PDF_health_journal_long_LIV_EN.pdf" target="_blank">detailed health journal</a> for your notes. However, if you do use <em>MyHealth Passport</em>, you might find the <a href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PDF_health_journal_short_LIV_EN.pdf" target="_blank">shorter journal</a> useful.</p><p>Your doctor or nurse will be happy to answer any questions you have during your clinic appointments.</p><h2>How a liver transplant can affect your future</h2><p>You will need to do some important things to look after your liver.</p><ul><li>You will need to take your medication as prescribed by your transplant team.</li><li>You will need to have regular bloodwork (blood tests) and visit the transplant team or clinic regularly so they can check how you are adjusting to your new liver.<br></li><li>You will not be able to return to school for a few weeks after being discharged from the hospital. From then on, you can return to school and start to live a more normal life.</li><li>Your friends and family can visit you in the hospital or at home after your surgery but not if they are sick with a cold or fever or have vomiting or diarrhea.</li></ul>