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Dealing With Family Tension After Liver Donation Surgery

Sometimes, donors have problems dealing with family tension after liver donation surgery. This usually occurs because family and friends are worried about your surgery or recovery process. According to studies on people dealing with family tension after liver donation surgery, most patients have this problem because their family members were either afraid of possible complications of surgery or concerned about financial problems.

Dealing With Family Tension After Liver Donation Surgery: A Summary

After any surgery, there's a chance that you may have problems, and some of them can be painful. Because of this, the people who care about you may react in several different ways -- some positive and some negative.
Family members and friends may not have agreed with your decision to donate because they were afraid something bad would happen to you during the surgery. Other loved ones are fine during and after the surgery at first, but may get upset if you develop problems later. It may be difficult for them to see you in any type of discomfort or temporarily unable to do the things you used to do.
In one study, about 1 out of 4 liver donors said that they experienced family tension because of their decision to donate. This was almost always because their family members were afraid of the possible problems or complications of surgery.
Even after you go home from the hospital, there may still be family tension. If you were previously employed and aren't getting paid during your recovery period, there may be financial problems that lead to tension. It's common for people to argue about money and bills.
Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if any of these issues come up. Your provider can suggest ways to deal with different types of family issues, or may even refer you to a counselor, social worker, or psychiatrist who specializes in these areas.
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