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:
Among the services offered by the transplant team is:
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:
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.
Sometimes the best resource is another family whose children are affected. Liver Families is dedicated to providing an active, international, online community to families whose lives have been touched by pediatric liver disease and transplant. They offer support, knowledge and hope.
The American Liver Foundation - To learn about the latest research and treatments
Children’s Liver Association for Support Services (C.L.A.S.S.) - all-volunteer group founded out of the recognized need for an organization dedicated to addressing the emotional, educational and financial needs of families with children affected by liver disease and transplantation.
The Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (ChiLDREN) - provides information and support to individuals and families affected by liver disease through its many research programs.