Around half the people who have had a liver transplant will find that their body tries to reject the new liver. This is usually within the first three months and is picked up in routine tests. Upping the dose of immunosuppressant drugs usually sorts this out.
If this does not work then you will be re-admitted to hospital, put on steroids and given higher doses of anti-rejection drugs. It is very rare for someone's body to completely reject the liver. You should make sure that you take your medications properly to avoid this happening.
Contact your GP, transplant coordinator or liver unit if you experience any of the following:
- flu-like symptoms
- fever above 38ºC
- yellow eyes or skin
- pale stools
- dark urine
- swelling of the abdomen or ankles
- localised pain, warmth, swelling or discharge from the wound that smells
- any sudden changes.
Call 999 if you experience any of the following:
- difficulty breathing
- feeling dizzy or faint
- chest pain
- severe pain
Life after a liver transplant
In the time leading up to a transplant you will probably have been very ill and your normal activities will have become severely restricted. After the operation you should see a huge improvement in your quality of life and, with some adjustments, you should be able to lead a normal, healthy life.
Following your liver transplant, your body’s immune system will try to reject the new liver. Tacrolimus medication and other immunosuppressant medications play an important part in the long-term health of your transplanted liver by preventing rejection.
Tacrolimus is used to control your body’s immune response. This will enable you to accept the transplanted organ. Recently, a number of different formulations of tacrolimus have become available.
It is important that you make sure you always receive the same formulation of tacrolimus that was chosen by your specialist transplant team.
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