Liver Transplant

What is Liver Transplant?

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that removes a liver that no longer functions properly and replaces it with a healthy liver from a donor.

Liver Transplant

This medical animation illustrates how surgeons perform liver transplantation using a whole organ donation. It involves first removing the diseased liver, then placing and connecting the healthy donor liver. There are a variety of diseases that are treated by liver transplantation.

Who is a candidate for liver transplant?

Liver transplant is a treatment option for people who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. In rare cases, sudden failure of a previously normal liver causes the need for an emergency liver transplant.

How long is the hospital stay after a liver transplant?

After the liver transplant, patients will be in the intensive care unit for two days. After that, they are in the regular part of the hospital for about ten days to two weeks. They then go home, however, the healing process may last for 3 months.

Before liver transplant surgery

Before the liver transplant, some special tests are required to take including physical exam, Psychological evaluation, medical history, tests on heart, lung, and other organs by CT scans and sonography, blood tests to recognize HIV, hepatitis, alcohol and drug screening and level of creatinine.
If the transplant team approves you as a proper candidate for transplant, you are placed in a waiting list for the deceased donors. Fortunately, waiting time for liver transplant in Iran is not that much, and for foreign patients, there is no need to wait for that long time.

After liver transplant surgery

Liver transplant in Iran is performed by professional Persian surgeons in the most qualified hospitals such as Namazi hospital. This surgery can take 12 hours or more. Care after this surgery is so perfect because of that you need to stay in the hospital for at least three weeks. During these weeks, the doctor will evaluate your operation success and informs you to take anti-rejection medications. All medical care teams including doctors and nurses will fully support the patients to have the best recovery.

Why Iran?

Liver transplant in Iran began over 20 years ago at the Shiraz Organ Transplantation Center in Namazi hospital. Today, the center has performed over 3000 liver transplants with a high success rate. Iran’s second transplant center is Imam Khomeini Hospital in Iran’s capital, Tehran. During these 20 years, more than 4500 liver transplants were done at 6 centers in Iran with a success rate of more than 85%. According to the statistics of national organ transplant organization, more than 10% of liver transplant all over the world are rejected in the first stages, although this statistics for Iran liver transplant is amazingly less than 8%.

How much does liver transplant cost in Iran compare to other countries?

The cost of liver transplant in Iran is significantly less than in other countries. About the change, in currency exchange rates the price of liver transplant in Iran turned out to be lower than all countries in the world. To compare, we refer to the below:
In a private hospital in Singapore, the surgery for both donor and recipient costs about $300,000 in total. Liver Transplant in our neighbors such as Pakistan or Tukey is also performed. For example, the cost of doing a liver transplant in Shifa International Hospital is near 120,000 $. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the estimated U.S. average cost for a liver transplant is more than 500,000 $ which is high and because of that a lot of patients passed away without affording to do the liver transplant. One of the other countries having the technology of liver transplant in Australia with a cost of less than 200,000 $.
Believe it or not, although Namazi hospital is one of the most famous organ transplants all over the world, the cost of liver transplant in Namazi Hospital of Iran is less than 100,000 $.


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