A liver transplant is a big operation that has a risk of some serious complications. These can happen during, soon after, or even years afterwards.
Some of the main complications and risks of a liver transplant are:
your body attacking the new liver (rejection)
the new liver not working properly (graft failure)
a blockage or leak in one of your bile ducts – bile is a liquid produced inside the liver that passes out through small tubes called bile ducts
side effects of the immunosuppressant medicine – such as an increased risk of infections and kidney problems
A liver transplant will only be recommended if the risks of not having a transplant outweigh the risks of having one.
If you wish to donate your liver, there are 2 ways you can do this:
donate your liver after you die. You do not have to register for organ donation in most parts of the UK. If you do not want to donate after you die, you can register your choice. Read more about registering for organ donation
become a living donor – you have an operation to remove part of your liver and give it to someone who needs a transplant (usually a family member or friend)