A liver transplantation is a surgical procedure where a damaged liver or a nonfunctional liver is removed from a person and replaced with a healthy liver from a living or deceased donor.
The liver is the second largest organ in the body and plays a very important role in the body. The functions of the liver are essential for an individual to live. If the liver is damaged or injured different medical conditions would develop and if left untreated can be life-threatening.
The liver has many functions and one of them is its role in the digestion process. The liver secretes hormones and enzymes to aid in the digestion and storage of food. It also detoxifies the blood from harmful toxins and removes waste from the body. The liver produces bile which is important for the digestion of fat.
Liver transplant is recommended to individuals with liver conditions that are already on its end stage. Meaning the liver is no longer functioning properly which can be fatal.
There are several medical conditions that will cause complete liver failure. These are:
- liver cirrhosis
- primary biliary cholangitis
- sclerosing cholangitis
- biliary atresia
- Wilson’s disease
Before a liver transplant is recommended there will be several tests as well as the participation of several specialists to determine whether the medical procedure is relevant to the patient’s current health status.
There are two types of liver donors; the living donor and the deceased donor.
It is called a living donor if the donor or giver of a healthy liver is alive. The procedure involves the removal of some part of the healthy liver and implants it to the patient of the recipient.
Same as the patient, the donor will undergo tests and evaluation to ensure there will be less or zero risks during and after the transplantation. The living donor can be a family member, a blood relative or a total stranger.
The deceased donor, on the other hand, is the liver transplantation from a deceased healthy individual usually caused by accidents which resulted to coma or brain-dead patients where the heart is perfectly healthy and the rest of the body organs.
If you think you are suffering from Liver Transplant you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Liver Transplant as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).