Newby: Liver transplant success, complications due to pleural effusion
I just recently came up on this group and felt it would be beneficial for me to join. I received a liver April 2021 after 39 years of Hep-C doing its thing. My paras were about every ten day yielding 6-10 liters per. I had an umbilical hernia that was treated at the ER. By the time I was released from hospital I had a hernia repair, TIPS, and liver transplant. I developed a persistent pleural effusion for which I wore a pigtail drain dumping to an Atrium half liter container. After ten weeks of 300-500 ml per day the thoracic surgeon decided to perform a VATS that ended up converting to open surgery with decortication of my right lung. Talk about pain! He didn’t tell me he would sever my seventh rib to gain access to my lung. Anywho, I’m now 8 months post liver and I’ve developed swelling and ascites. On my 6 month follow up I complained of severe pain and problems breathing but the thoracic team would not make an appointment with me and my transplant team bowed out and I saw a hepatologist. She said “this is just your new normal”.
So cheers to y’all and I’m dead happy to be alive and look forward to this forum.