The devil is in the detail: current management of perioperative surgical complications after liver transplantation

Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2019 Apr;24(2):138-147. doi: 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000616.


Purpose of review: Despite advances in the field, perioperative morbidity is common after liver transplantation. This review examines the current literature to provide up-to-date management of common surgical complications associated with liver transplantation.

Recent findings: Research focuses on problems with anastomoses of the vena cava, portal vein, hepatic artery, and bile ducts. Interventional endoscopic and radiological techniques are used more frequently to avoid reoperation.

Summary: Advances in the management of perioperative surgical complications have focused on minimally invasive measures that successfully treat technical problems with implantation of liver allografts from both living and deceased donors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Liver Diseases / surgery*
  • Liver Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Perioperative Period*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*