Liver transplantation in Germany

Liver transplantation in Germany

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Liver transplantation is a surgical intervention when a patient is transplanted liver fragments from a live or recently deceased donor. The operation is required in cases where other therapeutic measures aimed at restoring the function of one’s liver are ineffective or unpromising. Since transplantation is a complex operation, it is better...

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Liver transplantation is a surgical intervention when a patient is transplanted liver fragments from a live or recently deceased donor. The operation is required in cases where other therapeutic measures aimed at restoring the function of one’s liver are ineffective or unpromising.

Since transplantation is a complex operation, it is better to conduct it in the hospitals of developed countries, because a qualitatively performed surgery gives a person a better chance of survival.


  1. Indications for liver transplantation
  2. Liver transplantation kinds
  3. Prognosis
  4. Benefits of treatment in Germany
  5. Organisation of treatment in Germany

Indications for liver transplantation 


Indications for liver transplantation are chronic diffuse organ diseases with a prognosis for life of less than 12 months. The main indication is cirrhosis, which develops as a result of viral (hepatitis C), autoimmune or alcoholic hepatitis.

Rarer indications are:

  • Irreversible damage to the liver against hepatitis B or D
  • Toxic hepatitis caused by drugs or industrial poisons
  • Congenital fibrosis of the liver
  • Secondary biliary cirrhosis
  • Some hereditary metabolic diseases


Liver transplantation kinds


Liver transplantation kinds


Main kinds of liver transplantation are:

  • From a deceased person
  • From an alive donor

Transplantation can be as well:

  • Orthotopic (own liver is removed)
  • Heterotopic (own liver is preserved)

Liver transplantation from the alive donor has a number of benefits which are:

  • The possibility of a planned, and not emergency surgery (the liver from a deceased person should be transplanted no later than 12 hours after his death)
  • Less waiting period for the operation, as there is no shortage of donor material
  • Better biological compatibility of tissues, because a relative of the patient usually becomes a donor

Donor’s liver completely regenerates within several months. He usually has no negative health effects.



Liver transplantation is a highly effective method of treatment of irreversible lesions of the corresponding organ. Although it is used only in extreme cases, when the high risk of a fatality  within the next year is estimated, such patients after transplantation can potentially live for decades.

Prognosis of the life expectancy within the different time frames:

  • 1 year after the surgery -  90% of patients
  • 5 years after the surgery -  from 75% to 85% in different countries
  • 15 years after the surgery – 58% of patients in average

High life expectancy and absence of graft rejection among most patients are associated with the development and introduction of new immunosuppressive drugs. They suppress immunity and prevent rejection of the donor's liver.



Benefits of treatment in Germany


22 medical institutions are functioning in Germany where one can receive liver transplantation. Surgery in this country is the most effective and safest procedure than in the developing countries. Further, intraoperative death is lower here, the risk of post surgical complications is also lower, the patients’ survival is better in the long run. 

Main benefits of treatment in Germany are:

  • High qualification and experience of doctors who conduct such interventions.
  • Surgical clinics are equipped with the latest technology.
  • High level of comfort while in hospital.
  • Quality and safe anaesthesia during surgery and in the postoperative period.
  • Ability to undergo rehabilitation with a gradual return of the person to the former way of life, restoration of work capacity.

Organisation of treatment in Germany


To undergo a liver transplant in Germany, you need to find a specialized hospital, receive an invitation for treatment in it and an entry permit. You also need to manage a number of issues, such as transfer from the airport and around the city, accommodation, communication in a foreign country, etc.

Booking Health offers you comprehensive organization of treatment abroad. Booking Health is the international company that facilitates the selection of hospitals and the organization of medical services abroad. Our headquarter is located in Germany. We organize treatment in German and other European hospitals . The quality of Booking Health's work is confirmed by the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certificate.

Benefits of using the Booking Health online service include:

  • Choosing a specialized hospital with excellent success rates and a qualified attending physician
  • Making the appointment for convenient dates
  • Preliminary preparation of a treatment program without repeating previous examinations
  • Getting medical care in Germany quickly (you will not need to be on a long waiting list)
  • Reducing treatment costs by excluding additional fees for foreigners
  • Monitoring the medical program at all stages
  • Assistance in purchasing and shipping medicines
  • Communication with the hospital after the completion of treatment
  • Control of bills and return of unspent funds
  • Organization of additional examinations, if necessary
  • Insurance against complications during treatment
  • Managing all organizational issues

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Authors: Dr. Vadim ZhiliukDr. Nadezhda Ivanisova


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