A liver transplant is an operation in which a diseased liver is replaced with a healthy liver, or a portion of a liver from a donor. If your child’s liver is irreparably damaged or if your child has liver disease that prevents the liver from functioning appropriately, a transplant may be the only treatment option.
In a liver transplant, surgeons will remove your child’s diseased liver and replace it with a healthy liver provided by a donor. Transplant surgeons increase access to organs for potential transplant recipients by using techniques such as reduced-size livers, whole livers and split livers.
The transplant program performs whole, split, and ABO incompatible liver transplants to treat a range of common diagnoses, including:
Each child’s experience will differ and your child can expect to benefit from improvements in the understanding of liver transplantation and the prevention of rejection.
Your child will need specialized monitoring by transplant specialists through life. You are your child’s best advocate and are a most important person in his or her care team. Chief among the important contributions you make to your child’s ongoing wellbeing include:
Making sure that appointments are kept
Keeping up to date with visits to monitor anti-rejection and anti-infection medications
Keeping the lines of communication with the transplant team open
Being alert to and checking on a daily basis for signs and symptoms of rejection and immediately reporting any that arise
Educating your child as he or she gets older to recognize and report symptoms of rejection and take a more active part in their wellness
In the hospital, further information is available at the Patient Family Resources Center in the lobby of Tower D and at the Krissi Hollman Family Resource Library located on C7.