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Short-Term Emotional and Mental Effects Following Liver Donation Surgery

Some patients may experience short-term emotional and mental effects following liver donation surgery. Multiple factors in the liver donation process can cause stress, including the surgery itself, the large scar that results, and reactions of family members and friends. According to studies on short-term emotional and mental effects following liver donation surgery, while some people felt that the surgery made life more difficult, most patients felt that their quality of life improved.

Short-Term Emotional and Mental Effects Following Liver Donation Surgery: An Overview

When someone goes through a stressful experience, it's common to feel a lot of different emotions. Liver donation surgery, like any major surgery, can be quite stressful. It's important that you are aware of how liver donation can affect you emotionally.
In other types of organ donation, it's common for a few donors to feel depressed and tearful before or after their surgery. This happens in about 1 to 2 out of every 10 kidney donors.
Most donors who experience depression will return to their usual personality and emotions as they continue recovering. If you're feeling depressed after your surgery, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may want to prescribe short-term antidepressants or refer you to a counselor.
On the other hand, many people also feel a great deal of happiness and pride after they donate an organ.
Sometimes, people will feel happy when the person who received the liver does well after surgery. However, if the recipient starts to have problems or dies after the surgery, some donors feel angry or guilty -- like it's somehow their fault. Please know that no matter how the recipient does after the transplant surgery, you have done something very special and important -- you've donated part of your time, comfort, and body to help improve another person's health.
In addition to the surgery itself, other factors can contribute to the emotions a donor feels. For example, some donors are unhappy with the way their body looks because of the large scar, while others don't mind it at all. It's also important to know that the medications used during and after surgery can trigger several different emotions, such as depression and anxiety.
Finally, your interactions with friends and family members may also influence how you feel, so it's important to have a good group of people supporting you during this time.
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