Dabess, great news that neither of you have hep C! Hubby should indeed do well after TP. No, they don't have livers just lying about
. He has to wait for one that matches his blood type and tissue type, as well as size. He is at the top of the list for his blood type. Since it's not as common as O+, he may have a bit of a wait, but it shouldn't be much longer. Also, they have to make sure that the donor liver is healthy. Since he doesn't have hep C, they wouldn't want to give him one with hep C. It's a little more complicated than you would think.
I was on the list for 3 mos. I'm an O+ and a small person. Just as I thought I may have longer to wait, boom! I got a phone call in the middle of the night.
Is he now on Lactulose? Since he still has encephalopathy, it seems he's not. But then you mention BMs. That's how Lactulose works...through BMs, the more the better, and they tend to be diarrhea. After TP, he shouldn't need the Lactulose.
As far as jaundice, that should also resolve after TP, though it might take some time. Usually it resolves quickly.
Rejection is not likely and not a big deal. If it should occur, they will simply increase the antirejection meds. He will have blood work every day for awhile, even the first week after discharge, along with ultrasounds of bile ducts. Believe me, they keep an eye on results and will inform you (or him.) Less for you to worry about
They will give a list of instructions and things to look for post-transplant. They will want you both to stay close by for a month after transplant. So please try not to worry and trust his medical team His post-transplant coordinator will be his/your new best friend.
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
Post Edited (hep93) : 7/9/2013 12:21:00 PM (GMT-6)