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Transplant Services - Liver Transplant
The Liver Disease Center at Banner Good Samaritan Transplant Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), the national computerized
Services has a team dedicated to providing the best care available waiting list that matches transplanted recipients with available
to patients suffering from liver disease and those requiring a liver organs. Due to the severe shortage of donors, and the increasing
transplant. Our dedicated and experienced team of health care number of patients requiring liver transplantation, the waiting time for
professionals includes hepatologists (physicians specializing in liver a liver transplant is increasing every year. Many people die while
disease), transplant surgeons, specially trained nurses, social waiting for a liver. Donor livers can also be obtained from a family
workers, nutritionists, financial counselors, radiologists, and member or friend who donates a portion of their liver. For more
pharmacists. The depth of expertise enables the Liver Disease information on living donation, contact our program.
Center to treat the full scope of liver disease.
While awaiting transplantation, the patient will be monitored by the
Avariety of liver diseases can lead to end-stage liver disease. Aliver team at the Liver Disease Center in collaboration with the patient’s
transplant may be recommended for patients who have: chronic own primary care physician or gastroenterolgist. Patients and
active infection from Hepatitis B or C; liver damage related to families are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources
alcohol; autoimmune disorders; bile duct damage; liver vein clot; available to them during the waiting period, including transplant
birth defects of the liver or bile ducts; metabolic disorders; hepatic education and support groups.
When a donor has been identified, the liver transplant patient is
Liver transplantation is contraindicated in the presence of other life- admitted to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center for the
threatening diseases or conditions that will not be improved by the transplant surgery. During surgery, the recipient’s diseased liver is
replacement of a failing liver, such as: malignancy outside of the removed, and the new liver is put in place and attached to the
liver; advanced cardiopulmonary disease; HIV/AIDS; current drug patient’s blood vessels and bile duct. Patients typically stay in the
or alcohol abuse; infection outside of the liver. hospital an average of seven to 10 days following liver
transplantation. During recuperation, the transplant recipient is
Prior to transplantation, the liver transplant team thoroughly instructed and supported by a team of experienced staff members
evaluates potential recipients. Pre-transplant testing gives a clear about the immuno-suppressive medications needed to prevent
picture of the patient’s overall health status, and identifies potential rejection; nutrition; coping strategies; and daily care following
problems before they occur. The pre-transplant evaluation also discharge.
determines whether transplantation is truly in the best interest of the
patient. The pre-transplant evaluation generally takes place over the Transplant recipients will continue to be monitored at the Liver
course of two or three days on an outpatient basis. Some patients Disease Center following discharge from the hospital. The
may be admitted to the hospital for completion of the evaluation if transplant surgeon and hepatologist will together manage the
their medical condition warrants it. Evaluation results are reviewed patient’s immunosuppressive therapy. After discharge, the patient
by the multi-disciplinary members of the Liver Transplant Candidate will be seen at the Liver Disease Center for three months in the
Selection Committee, and a decision is made regarding the transplant clinic for post-operative care, immunosuppressive
patient’s candidacy. therapy management, and ongoing education on transplant care.
Once stable, the patient returns to his primary physician for general
If accepted for transplantation, the patient is listed with the United care in conjunction with the Liver Disease Center.
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