Long-Term Considerations

The best way to reduce the risk of HE recurrence is to manage your liver disease and stay on maintenance therapy with lactulose and/or rifaximin, as directed by your doctor.

When the liver can no longer perform its vital functions a transplant may be the only option. A liver transplant replaces a damaged liver with a healthy one from someone else. Most of the time, a liver is donated from someone who has died. In rare cases, a living person donates a portion of their liver. Livers must be matched for blood type and body size.

There are many things that are taken into consideration when getting evaluated for a liver transplant. You need to be healthy enough to tolerate the surgery and recovery period – which is long – and have a support system in place that can help you through the process. Your doctor will determine if your liver disease is severe enough that referral for a transplant is appropriate.

For more information about liver transplants, call our helpline at 1-800-465-4837 or consult your healthcare provider.