During a liver transplant, a surgeon removes your damaged liver. That liver is replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor.
Liver transplants are done to treat long-term (chronic)
hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection only after all other treatments have not worked. That's because transplanted organs can become reinfected with HBV.
Liver transplants are most often done
at large medical centers. Transplants are very expensive.
CitationsMalet PF (2008). Chronic hepatitis. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 4, chap. 8. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Current as ofMarch 3, 2017
Current as of:
March 3, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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