Liver Transplant Transplant Services

Since the first liver transplant from a deceased donor was performed in the US almost 50 years ago, significant advances in surgical techniques and immunosuppression have led to additional options for patients to consider. Your transplant team will work with you to determine which option is right for you.

Conventional liver transplant: This type of surgical procedure is performed to replace the diseased liver with a healthy liver from a deceased donor. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough donor organs to meet the growing need. Patients often wait many years to receive a liver from a deceased donor. Learn more about conventional liver transplant.

Expanded criteria donor (ECD): A deceased donor over the age of 60 with mild liver abnormalities. The term “expanded” is used because an expansion of the donor pool is considered to increase transplantation. With an ECD liver, the waiting time may be shorter. Learn more about ECD.

Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT): A procedure in which a healthy, living person donates a portion of his or her liver to another person. Finding a living donor match shortens your waiting time, increases long-term transplant success, and gives you the flexibility of scheduling your date of surgery. Learn more about LDLT.

Split liver transplant: A deceased donor liver is "split" into two functioning units, which are used for transplantation to a child (left lobe) and an adult (right lobe). The results in carefully selected recipients are nearly similar to those of full-size liver transplantations. Learn more about split liver transplant.

Combined organ transplant: When a person receives more than one organ during the same transplant procedure, such as liver and kidney or liver and heart. This may be recommended for patients who are experiencing multiple organ failure. Learn more about combined organ transplant.

Other liver surgeries: Our team of Stanford faculty physicians has expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of liver diseases, such as hepatitis, liver cancer, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, hemochromatosis, and Wilson’s disease. Learn more about other liver surgeries.

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