All patients with severe liver disease referred to the Liver Center are considered for liver transplantation. Before the decision to transplant is made, each case is evaluated thoroughly to determine the exact cause and extent of the liver disease. Depending upon those findings, it may be determined that the patient's liver disease can be managed appropriately through alternative therapies to transplantation, either on a short- or long-term basis. The decision to transplant is made when all other alternatives have been exhausted.
Patients and their referring doctors are asked to provide the transplant team with a complete record of prior tests and treatments to facilitate the evaluation process.
If you wish to be seen by our team, please see the provided instructions. A patient navigator will assist in collecting necessary medical records, and scheduling your initial evaluation.
A complete evaluation will be needed to establish eligibility to be added to the UNOS waitlist. This includes medical, psychosocial, financial, and nutritional appointments. It is an exhaustive process, but the coordinators and navigators are there to help every step of the way.
Once approved to be listed, patients are added to the UNOS Waitlist. While waiting, it is important to maintain status updates, with current lab work and imaging.
When a donor liver becomes available, a transplant coordinator will notify the patient. Once notified, the patient will come to University Hospital for the surgery, and expect to stay for several days to recover.
Organ transplants require life-long follow up care. A post- transplant coordinator will help schedule appointment, manage medication, test for infections or complications, and ensure overall wellbeing with a new organ.