Despite best medical management, average survival for advanced stage liver hardening patients without liver transplant is usually less than 1 to 2 years. With a successful liver transplant, chance of surviving more than 5 years can be higher than 75%, provided that patients receive appropriate regular check up and medications to protect the new liver.
Who should be referred for liver transplant?
In general, patients with liver hardening should consult a liver transplant specialist to see if liver transplant is necessary and what is the best timing to do it. For patients with signs of liver failure or liver cancer, it is important to seek this opinion early as it takes time to prepare for a liver transplant and the success rate is affected once the liver failure becomes severe or the liver cancer is larger. Some patients with advanced stage liver cancer may not be suitable for liver transplant.