However, liver transplantation is increasingly regarded as an effective treatment to stop tumours returning.

Sepsis can become septic shock, which is a life-threatening infection that decreases blood pressure and can lead to organ failure. It is best to seek advice from your transplant centre about if and when it is safe to start drinking alcohol.For most people, however, the transplant will be a treatment rather than a cure for their liver condition. If you are on a methadone or Subutex programme it is likely that you will be under a treatment team for this, either within a drugs clinic or your own GP surgery. Taking the proper steps to Life after having a liver transplant.

Certain medications, too, can have an effect. CMV usually occurs during the first months after transplantation. It can aid relaxation (though may also induce anxiety and paranoia).

Years of living with a serious liver problem, the uncertainty about receiving a transplant and the major physical and emotional toll of the operation itself can take a toll on liver patients and their families.

There is medication to control chronic rejection, but if this does not work another transplant will be needed.Infections usually result from viruses that come to life after lying inactive (dormant) in your body or your new liver. Registered Office 6 Dean Park Crescent, Bournemouth BH1 1HL

However, it is important to build up your levels of activity gradually and it will take time to build your strength and endurance. Infection delays healing, can increase scarring and can lead to a much longer recovery for the patient. She has experience in primary care and hospital medicine. You might be more vulnerable to food poisoning and there can be problems whilst you are on high doses of anti-rejection drugs.Foods that could contain listeria and other bacteria include:Most antibiotics are safe for you to take although some common antibiotics, such as clarithromycin and erythromycin, can interfere with cyclosporin and tacrolimus.

Infection means more pain, and in the worst cases, hospitalization. In general it is thought that you should wait at least 12 months following your transplant before attempting to conceive.The good news is that many women have become pregnant and have had healthy children after transplant. Many people who have problems before transplant, including memory impairment, slow reactions, anxiety and depression that are common in end-stage liver disease, find that the transplant helps these considerably.It is important to be realistic about life with your new liver and be patient with yourself. This is called rejection. With people now surviving much longer after transplantation and because the transplant population is getting older, malignancies are becoming an increasingly significant complication. Lymphoproliferative disease is the most common malignancy arising from liver transplantation and may develop at any time.Doctors will be on the lookout in all patients for signs of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD), such as swollen lymph glands and unexplained fevers.Exposure to the sun can damage your skin and increase the chances of developing skin cancer.

It is important to take regular exercise and eat a balanced diet especially as some of the side effects of the immunosuppressants make weight gain easier.Remember alcohol contains lots of calories – even a pint of very weak beer (3.5% abv) can contain up to 180 calories. It is a reference point for information you might need in the months and years to come, to help you live life after a liver transplant.To function effectively your immune system relies on certain types of white blood cells that are produced in your bone marrow and lymph glands.