Liver transplantation at the USZ
Liver transplants have been performed at the USZ since 1986. By the end of 2020, over 900 livers had already been transplanted. The transplants can be provided by both living and deceased organ donors.
Unique treatment option at the USZ for liver transplants
The preparation of pre-damaged organs with perfusion machines and functional testing prior to implantation are currently unique innovative methods for improving organ quality worldwide.
Nutrition as a therapy for liver cirrhosis
Nutrition is particularly important for people with liver cirrhosis. This is because, on the one hand, the body’s energy and protein requirements are increased and, on the other hand, the body is less able to utilize the nutrients it absorbs. Many also have no appetite, suffer from nausea and are at risk of losing a lot of weight and losing weight. But malnutrition weakens the body even further.
It is therefore important to consume as many calories (35 to 40 kilocalories per kilogram of body weight per day) and proteins (1 to 1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight per day) as possible. There are recommended and less favorable protein suppliers. Proteins from milk and dairy products as well as plant sources such as vegetables, pulses (peas, beans, lentils), cereals or soy (tofu) are good. They put less strain on the liver than proteins from meat, fish or eggs.
You should also use salt sparingly if you have liver cirrhosis. It binds water in the body and can promote water retention. Do not consume more than five grams of salt per day. Caution: There is more salt “hidden” in many ready-made products than you might think.
If you are no longer able to eat normal food, high-calorie special foods are suitable. It already has a special composition that is tailored to the body’s needs.