Liver Transplant Transplant Services

Before, during and after transplant, our liver transplant team will provide you with personalized care. We will work with you to determine what type of therapy or procedure is right for you, offer you and your family support and resources, and keep you informed at every stage. Our program also offers living related liver transplantation for appropriate candidates.

The first step is to undergo a thorough liver transplant evaluation to find out if you are a candidate for transplantation. Once approved for transplant, you will need to maintain regular doctor visits, laboratory tests, and periodic radiologic studies. It is vital that you stay in contact with the transplant program. As soon as a suitable donor liver is identified, we want to make sure you are ready to undergo liver transplantation.

After transplant, you will need to take medications on a daily basis to protect your new organ. This is because your immune system will think your new liver is a foreign invader and WILL try to get rid of it, which is known as rejection. Acute rejection usually happens in the first year as the body reacts to the newly transplanted organ. Chronic rejection happens over a longer period of time and is the primary cause of transplant organ failure over time.

As you move forward in your transplant journey, keep in mind that liver transplant is an option—each individual makes a choice to undergo this surgery. If you have questions at any stage of the process, please ask; your commitment, compliance, and motivation are crucial for the transplant to be a success. Your new liver is a precious gift that needs to be treated with much care and respect.

Clinical Trials


Your transplant surgeons and physicians are constantly looking for better ways to help patients. You can be a part of this process by agreeing to participate in a clinical trial. Ask your surgeon or hepatologist if there are any trials currently open for which you may qualify. Also view our research and clinical trials.

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