Liver Transplant

Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is known as one of the most trusted centers for liver transplants in the region. The hospital is reputed for providing liver transplant services with success rates that are on par with global standards. Liver transplantation is a complex surgical procedure that involves replacing a diseased or damaged liver with a healthy liver from a donor. It is typically performed in cases where the liver has failed or is unable to function properly. Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad has a team of highly skilled and experienced liver transplant surgeons who are trained in performing liver transplants using the latest techniques and technology. The hospital is well-equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities to handle liver transplantation procedures and provide comprehensive care to patients. The success rates of liver transplants at Sterling Hospitals are comparable to international standards, and the hospital is known for its excellent outcomes in liver transplantation.  


Liver transplantation may be indicated in cases where the liver has failed or is unable to function properly due to various reasons. Some common indications for liver transplantation include: 


  1. End-stage liver disease: Liver transplantation may be considered for patients with end-stage liver disease, which is the final stage of liver dysfunction where the liver is severely damaged and unable to function adequately. This can result from chronic liver diseases such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, autoimmune liver diseases, metabolic liver diseases, and other conditions. 

  2. Acute liver failure: In cases of acute liver failure, where the liver rapidly loses its function due to sudden damage or injury, liver transplantation may be considered as a life-saving option. Acute liver failure can occur due to various causes, such as drug-induced liver injury, viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and other acute liver diseases. 

  3. Liver tumors: Liver transplantation may be indicated for select patients with certain liver tumors, such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is a type of liver cancer. Liver transplantation may be considered in cases where the tumor is limited to the liver and meets specific criteria for transplant eligibility. 

  4. Inherited metabolic liver diseases: Liver transplantation may be considered for patients with certain inherited metabolic liver diseases, such as Wilson's disease, hemochromatosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and other rare genetic liver diseases, where liver transplantation can provide a cure or significantly improve the patient's quality of life. 

  5. Failed previous liver surgeries: In some cases, liver transplantation may be considered as a treatment option for patients who have previously undergone liver surgeries, such as liver resection or liver transplant, but have experienced a recurrence or failure of the liver. 

  6. Other liver-related complications: Liver transplantation may be considered for patients with other severe liver-related complications, such as uncontrollable variceal bleeding, uncontrollable ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity), refractory hepatic encephalopathy (confusion and altered mental function due to liver failure), and other complications where liver transplantation can be a life-saving option. 


There are three main types of liver transplant procedures: 

  1. Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT): This is the most common type of liver transplant, where the recipient's diseased liver is removed and replaced with a healthy liver from a deceased or living donor. The donor liver is carefully transplanted into the recipient's abdomen and connected to the recipient's blood vessels and bile ducts. The diseased liver is typically removed during the same surgery. 

  2. Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT): In this type of liver transplant, a healthy segment of liver is removed from a living donor, usually a close family member, and transplanted into the recipient. The remaining liver in the donor regenerates over time, and both the donor and the recipient can have functional livers after the surgery. LDLT is often considered when a suitable deceased donor liver is not available, and it allows for a more timely transplantation in certain cases. 

  3. Split liver transplantation: This is a variation of LDLT where a deceased donor liver is split into two portions, and each portion is transplanted into different recipients. Typically, the larger portion is transplanted into an adult recipient, and the smaller portion into a pediatric recipient. Split liver transplantation allows for multiple patients to benefit from a single deceased donor liver. 


All three types of liver transplant procedures involve complex surgical techniques and require a skilled surgical team with expertise in liver transplantation. The choice of which type of liver transplant is most appropriate depends on various factors, such as the recipient's medical condition, availability of suitable donors, and other considerations. The medical team evaluating a patient for liver transplantation will determine the most appropriate type of liver transplant based on the individual circumstances and medical need. 

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