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 and the state's only transplant center. 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 that body that regenerates, a transplanted portion of liver can rebuild to normal capacity within a few weeks.
The liver may come from a deceased or a living donor, including family members and unrelated individuals who match a specific physical profile and chemistry.
A transplant often is the last hope for a person with serious liver dysfunction. The most common liver disease leading to a transplant is cirrhosis. Other diseases may include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic liver disease
- Benign or malignant liver tumors
- Viral hepatitis
- Fatty liver disease
- Bile duct disorders, such as 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 your side every step of the way, from evaluation, through wait-listing, surgery and for many years after transplantation.