Understanding Cirrhosis of the Liver: First steps for the newly diagnosed

 

Do I need a transplant?

Not everyone who has cirrhosis needs a transplant. Many people can live for a long time with cirrhosis of the liver. Transplants are usually considered only when liver damage is severe and life threatening. Keep in mind that liver transplants are expensive, few organs are available and transplants are not always successful. Candidates must meet very strict criteria to qualify for a transplant. Many factors are considered, including your age, whether you smoke and your alcohol consumption. You will only know if you need a transplant after talking to your healthcare provider.