During a liver transplant, a surgeon removes your damaged liver. That liver is replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor.
Liver transplants are done to treat long-term (chronic) hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection only after all other treatments have not worked. That's because transplanted organs can become reinfected with HBV.
Liver transplants are most often done at large medical centres. Transplants are very expensive.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Current as ofMarch 3, 2017
Current as of: March 3, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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