FAQs – Liver Services & Transplant

Liver Services & Transplantation

How can I keep my liver healthy?

– Avoid drinking alcohol. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. – Maintain a healthy body weight. – Avoid high doses or prolonged use of certain medications that may cause liver damage, unless supervised by your physician.

  • Certain cholesterol medications
  • Acetaminophen

– To keep from contracting hepatitis B and C viruses:

  • Practice safe sex by using latex condoms
  • Limit the number of sexual partners
  • Don’t share toothbrushes, razors or needles

Are vaccines available for hepatitis?

Not all hepatitis viruses have a vaccine.

  • Hepatitis A and B are now included in routine children vaccines. However, if you have not been vaccinated and are at high risk, you are able to receive the vaccine.
  • Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine for hepatitis C at this time. However, there are many treatments available. Hepatitis C can be cured.

Is a transplant my only hope if I develop liver disease?

No, managing the disease while living a healthy lifestyle is the first method of treatment. A transplant is the last option for liver disease.