The human liver is one of the most important organs of the body. It serves multiple functions including regulating blood clotting, production of bile, which helps break down fatty food, removal of toxins and drugs from the blood, manufacture certain blood proteins, convert and store excess glucose to use for energy and stores iron.
Having a healthy and functioning liver is very important.
A liver transplant is the treatment option for people with liver failure and for some people with liver cancer who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. Chronic liver failure could be due to a variety of conditions. Among other causes, Hepatitis B & C viruses are the major cause of cirrhosis maturing to liver failure and liver transplant. Cirrhosis is so far the most prominent reason for a liver transplant.
Liver disease is a significant problem in Pakistan. In a country of approximately 200 million people, 5% (10 million) are infected with hepatitis C virus, and more than 2 million are in need of liver transplantation to save their life.
Dr Ziauddin Hospital has ensured the availability of sustainable and quality Liver Transplantation & Hepatobiliary surgery services in Pakistan. This is a great benefit to the local population, which previously had no option than to go overseas for the treatment.
Our team of liver transplant surgeons perform one of the most complex and sophisticated procedures, known as liver auto transplantation. We also offer several services to help with post-transplant care to improve our patient health and quality of life.
Information for the Donor
If you are considering donating part of your liver to a relative or friend it is essential that:
- Your liver is suitable for the recipient
- The risk to your own health is minimal
- No financial or other pressure is being put on you to donate
- Reason for donation must be voluntary and altruistic
- A blood relative (parents, children, brother/ sisters, cousins, etc.) who share same blood group with the patient
- The average age of the donor should be between 18 and 50 years
- Donor should be in good health with no major health problem
You should contact the transplant coordinator to note your interest in becoming a donor. After some initial information you will be given an information folder. We will also request that you have your blood group checked before your first clinic appointment.