Patients in need of a liver transplant no longer have to travel out of the state to receive treatment. Evaluation, surgery, and follow-up for adults in need of a new liver are offered through University Transplant, the state's only transplant program. The specialized care team of experienced surgeons and hepatologists focuses on personalized family-centered care.
A liver transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased liver with a healthy organ from another person. An entire liver may be transplanted or just a section. As the only organ in the body that regenerates, a transplanted portion of liver can rebuild to normal capacity within a few weeks.
Often, transplant is the last hope for a person with serious liver dysfunction. The most common liver disease leading to a transplant is cirrhosis. Other diseases that may lead to transplant include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic liver disease
- Benign or malignant liver tumors
- Viral hepatitis
- Fatty liver disease
- Bile duct disorders, such as primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Benign or malignant bile duct strictures/obstructions
Living with a transplant is a lifelong process. At University Transplant, we're by each patient's side every step of the way, from evaluation, through wait-listing, surgery, and for many years after transplantation.