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Liver Transplant

Liver Transplant Cost in India

The liver transplant is also known as Hepatic Transplantation is the replacement of diseased liver with healthy liver from another person. It is a treatment option for end-stage liver disease and acute liver failure. It is a complex surgical procedure requiring the careful harvest of the donor organ and meticulous implantation into the recipient.

Liver Transplant Cost in India

For A Patient From INDIA

Liver Transplant

Starts From USD 32300
(Indian Rupees 2320432)

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5% of all the above expenses. Usually covers - Medicines, unknown expenses, near by sight seeing etc.

Approximate Total Cost For 24 Hour Holter Monitoring in India


( 4,584 Indian Rupee )

(Includes Cost of Treatment, Visa, Return Airfare, Hotel, Food, Daily Commute, Miscellaneous)

Types of Liver Transplant:

There are two types of Liver transplants

1. Deceased donor transplants

Most livers for transplants come from people who have just died, called deceased donors. Adults typically receive the entire liver from a deceased donor. 

2. Living donor transplants

In this case, a healthy living person donates part of his or her liver, most often to a family member. In this type of the transplant, the surgeon removes a part of the living donor’s healthy liver and implants it into the recipient. Both the donor and recipient liver segments grow to normal size in a few weeks.

Indications for Liver Transplant Surgery

1. Cirrhosis: It is a condition in which the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions due to chronic injury. It is the most common reasons for liver transplant surgery.

Causes of Cirrhosis

  • Viruses such as Hepatitis B and C
  • Alcohol
  • Auto immune liver diseases
  • Build up of fat in liver
  • Hereditary liver disease


2. Biliary atresia: It is a rare condition in which bile duct between the liver and small intestine is blocked or absent. An obstruction causes cirrhosis and eventually liver failure. The most common reason for liver transplant in children.

3. Liver Cancer

4. Benign Liver Tumors

5. Hereditary Diseases

Tests required for Liver transplant

  • Doppler Ultrasound: to check blood vessels to and from the liver
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Eco-cardiogram
  • CT scan  to determine the size and shape of liver
  • Blood Tests


Before  surgery

Recipient is evaluated before the surgery. The patient cannot undergo Liver transplant surgery in the following conditions

  • Serious heart, lung or nerve disease
  • Active alcohol/Illegal drug abuse
  • Cancer in another part of the body
  • Active severe infection


Once the evaluation is complete, the patient is accepted as a candidate for transplant and put on a weight list for a transplant 

Donor: The blood type and body size are critical factors in determining an appropriate donor


When a Liver is identified, the patient is prepared for the surgery. If the new Liver is from a living donor, both recipient and the donor undergo surgery at the same time. Diseased Liver is disconnected from bile ducts and blood vessels before removing it. The blood that flows into the liver is blocked or sent through a machine to return to the rest of the body. The surgeon then puts the healthy liver in place and reconnects it to the bile ducts and blood vessels. The surgeon place several tubes in the body which help in carrying out certain functions during the operation and for a next few days.

Post Procedure

After the surgery, the patient is transferred to ICU for careful monitoring of all body functions, including the liver. Once the patient is shifted to the ward, the frequency of blood testing, etc. is decreased, eating is allowed and physiotherapy is prescribed to regain muscle strength. Medicines are given to prevent rejection. During the transplantation, frequent tests are done to monitor liver function and detect any evidence of rejection. Average hospital stay is 2 – 3 weeks. 

Complications Involved

Rejection Episode: When the liver is transplanted, the immune system of recipient triggers some response against the new organ, that it would have against any foreign material, setting a chain of events that can damage the transplanted Liver.  It can happen rapidly or over a period of time.

Rejection can happen despite close matching of donor and recipient. Rejection happens because the immune system cannot differentiate between transplanted Liver and unwanted invader such as viruses and bacteria. Immunosuppressive medication are used to prevent rejection

Side effects of Immunosuppressants:

  • It lowers the patient’s resistance to fight against infections
  • Jaundice (Yellow skin/eyes)
  • Abdominal swelling
  • High Fever

Frequently asked questions about Liver Transplant 

Q. How do I take care of my liver after surgery?

  1. Regular blood tests to ensure that new liver is working well. 
  2. Coughing and deep breathing to help lungs stay healthy and to prevent pneumonia. 
  3. Well-balanced diet. 
  4. Abstain from alcohol. 

Q. For how long do I need to take medicines?

Usually rest of the life, the patient will be on medication, however as the body adjusts to the transplant liver, the amount of medication can be gradually reduced.

Q. What are overall chances of surviving a Liver transplant?

80-90% of the children and adults do well enough once discharged from the hospital. 

Q. Do the donor and recipient have to be matched by tissue type, sex, age etc?

No, for liver transplant, the only requirements are that the donor and recipient need to be approximately the same size and of the compatible blood types. No other matching is necessary.

Q. What are the benefits of undergoing Liver Transplant surgery in India?

India is famous for having some of the best surgeons in the world. The country boasts of several globally accredited hospitals which have world-class infrastructure, experienced staff and surgeons and general clinical facilities because of which these hospitals assure successful liver transplant surgery in India.

The total cost of Liver transplant in India is a fraction as compared to amounts charged in several developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, therefore the number of patients coming to India from abroad are increasing every year.  The cost usually revolves around USD 30,000 depending on case to case. 

Q. Is Liver transplant in India legal?

Yes, Liver transplant in India is legal. The law (THE TRANSPLANTATION OF HUMAN ORGANS ACT, 1994) was passed in 1994 and the rules were framed in 1995. The Act legalized brain-stem death as death allowing organs to be retrieved from brain-stem dead patients. The Act also includes among other things, the following:

(1) Regulation of removal of organ/s for transplantation from cadaver donors. 

(2) Regulation of removal of the organ from living donors. 

(3) Regulation of hospitals.

(4) Regulation of medical practitioners, and.

(5) Punishment for those flouting the Act.

Q. What is the success rate of Liver transplant in India?

The success rate varies from patient to patient however according to a study, the operative success rate was ~86% after the surgery and survival rate of 70% after 5 years from the surgery.



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  • Dr. V.K Gupta


    37 years of experience , New Delhi

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