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How painful is liver transplant surgery?

Last modified: 3rd July 2021
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There is pain after liver transplant surgery, however it is generally not as severe as with other abdominal surgeries. This is because nerves are severed during the initial abdominal incision causing numbness of the skin around the abdomen. These nerves regenerate over the following six months and sensation returns. More common post-transplant discomfort is back pain associated with the length of time on the operating table. The transplant team prescribes the appropriate pain medicine for each patient.

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