The drunk is strong with this one.
A liver transplant involves a damaged liver being removed and replaced by a healthy liver, usually donated from a cadaver (occasionally a section of the liver from a living donor can be used as the liver will regenerate). The first human liver transplant was performed in 1963.
The most common reasons for patients requiring this procedure are cirrhosis (often due to alcohol abuse) and hepatitis C.
When the liver of a patient is so severely damaged that it begins to fail, a transplant is absolutely vital in order for them to survive however due to a low organ donation frequency many patients die before they are given the opportunity to have a transplant (I’m going to take a moment to encourage anyone who is reading this to go and opt-in for organ donation!).
Liver transplantations are currently one of the most expensive treatments in healthcare today.
‘Every year, an estimated 600 to 700 liver transplants are carried out in the UK. However, the number of people who need a liver transplant is much higher than the number of livers donated.
It is estimated that in the past 20 years, the number of people who could benefit from a liver transplant has increased by 90%, but the number of available donations has remained the same. Consequently, deaths from liver disease remain high.’ ~ NHS