Understanding your liver transplant

Your liver performs hundreds of functions each day to help detoxify your blood, aid in digestion and absorb nutrients. When liver diseases such as chronic liver failure, liver cancer, cirrhosis or hepatitis C damage the liver, a liver transplant could be a treatment option.

A liver transplant is a complex procedure where a lobe or whole liver from a donor surgically replaces your damaged liver. To determine if a liver transplant will be a safe and beneficial treatment option for your acute liver disease, you must first:

  • Receive health insurance clearance
  • Meet with a transplant coordinator
  • Attend a transplant education class
  • Complete all necessary blood and other laboratory tests
  • Undergo a thorough medical evaluation

Once this process is completed, if you qualify for a liver transplant, you’ll be placed on the local and national liver transplant waiting list. When an appropriate liver donor is found, you’ll be contacted to schedule your procedure.

Your liver transplant care team

In addition to our surgical expertise, our strengths include a broad range of medical and support services, such as our multidisciplinary team of caregivers, including:

  • Transplant coordinators
  • Financial coordinators
  • Social workers
  • Transplant dietitians
  • Immunologists
  • Pharmacists

Your liver transplant care team will be your partner through the transplant process and beyond. We’ll work closely with your insurance carrier, referring primary care physician, hepatologist and other specialists involved in your care to ensure that all of your health care needs are addressed with efficiency and compassion.