What to Expect During the Liver Transplant Process
- A dedicated transplant coordinator to assist you in preparing for your consultation
- Patient and family-centered care from a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, financial counselors and nutritionists
- Our hepatologists provide care in convenient locations across the metroplex
Why Choose MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute for your surgery?
Our liver transplant outcomes are highest in the region
- Our team of hepatologists (liver specialists) and gastroenterologists help manage liver disease, at times prolonging or even eliminating the need for transplant.
- Our transplant surgeons apply the latest surgical techniques including laparoscopic liver resection and transplant, cadaveric or split-liver transplantation, when appropriate.
- Wait times among the lowest in the country and nearly three times faster than other transplant centers in the region.
“At the other hospital, they gave me no hope. At MedStar Georgetown, they offered me not just hope, but solutions. Without the transplant team at MedStar Georgetown, I wouldn’t be here with my family today.”
James, a Marine veteran, was admitted to a community hospital and was told he had advanced liver and kidney failure with hospice care as his only option. Through online research James' family found MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute. With the help of a Transplant Institute’s Patient Navigator, James was transported by ambulance from Fredricksburg, Va., to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where six days later he received a liver transplant.
MedStar Georgetown’s Transplant Institutes provides premiere liver disease diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from a variety of liver disorders, including:
- Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Fatty liver disease (NASH)
- Hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver cancer)
Different types of liver disease are treated in different ways. Critical to managing liver disease and perhaps even regenerating new, healthy liver cells, is a healthy diet that supports healthy liver function. However, if your liver is damaged to the point where regeneration is not an option, the best treatment for some types of end stage liver disease is transplantation.
Liver Transplant Evaluation
The process to be cleared for a liver transplant includes a two-part pre-transplant evaluation, also known as a work-up. This evaluation process includes interviews with different members of the transplant team and diagnostic testing to determine your overall general health, as well as your end-stage disease.
If your child suffers from a serious liver disease and may require a transplant, The Transplant Center for Children at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute has innovative and compassionate expertise to care for the whole family.
Learn more about the transplant evaluation process.
Liver Transplant Surgery Process
Before the transplant surgery, important blood tests are undergone to ensure that your body is compatible with the donated organ and to check that antibodies in your body don't reject the donor's cells.
During surgery, your surgeon will remove your liver and replace it with the donor liver, making all the necessary internal connections.
Liver Transplant Surgery Recovery
Beginning immediately after surgery, the transplant team monitors you very carefully for any signs of rejection or other complications. Your pain will be controlled using medications, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
Nationwide, liver transplants are effective about 85 percent of the time, whether a donor organ or living donor is used.
Learn more about transplant recovery.
Research & Clinical Trials
Research is a critical part of what we do at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Learn more about our research on treating and managing advanced disease and transplantation surgery.
Becoming a Living Donor
Give the gift of life. A living donor transplant can eliminate a long wait for a donor organ, and it provides the best quality organ possible.
Liver Transplant Videos
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