Liver Transplant Candidate Evaluation

Evaluation & Treatment


Step 1: Evaluation


Your liver transplant evaluation will require many tests and examinations to determine your need; it is different for each patient. You will work closely with your nurse coordinator, who will keep you informed of your results and the next steps. Apart from your coordinator, you will also have appointments with your liver physician, or hepatologist, your liver surgeon, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, social workers, psychologists, clinical pharmacists, dietitians, financial coordinators and transplant chaplains. They will instruct you on the various steps in the transplant process.



What you can do





Step 2: While You Wait


Waiting for a donor can be a stressful time because you don’t know how long you will have to wait. Nonetheless, there are important steps you can take to ensure you are ready for surgery. It is extremely important during this time that you keep your medical team informed of any changes in address, insurance, phone numbers or vacation plans. Your transplant team must be able to reach you within a moment’s notice.



What you can do





  • Take care of your health; eat well and exercise regularly.

  • Join a support group.

  • Keep your appointments.

  • Keep your medical team informed. Call 85-LiverDoc (855-483-7362).

  • Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 3: Operation


Then the good news arrives! A liver has been offered. Your medical team will make the arrangements for the surgery and your hospital stay. Your nurse coordinator will inform you and your family about where you should go and when to arrive. You will undergo a few final tests and then go into surgery, which usually lasts about 4 to 5 hours.



What you can do





  • Follow all instructions from your nurses and doctors.

  • Communicate any concerns you may have with your transplant medical team. Call 85-LiverDoc (855-483-7362).

  • Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 4: Recovery


Your doctors and nurses will monitor you very closely after surgery. You will need to do some deep breathing exercises and coughing to help prevent lung complications. If needed, physical therapists will work with you to help you get up and walking. Most recipients go home about a week after surgery, but this varies from patient to patient. Our medical staff will send recipients home with anti-rejection medication.


It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you take your anti-rejection medication as instructed. As a transplant recipient, you will need to take this medication for the rest of your life. You will be followed quite closely the first year after your transplant, which will include frequent lab and doctors’ visits along with biopsies, as needed, to help identify any rejection. On average, most patients resume normal activities within 6 weeks.



What you can do





  • Take your anti-rejection medication on a routine schedule.

  • Keep lab and doctors’ appointments.

  • Follow your medical team’s guidelines on diet and exercise.

  • Communicate any concerns to your medical team. Call 85-LiverDoc (855-483-7362).

  • Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

 


 

Questions?

For medical consults or to refer a patient, call 85-LiverDoc (855-483-7362) to speak with a representative.

Common Questions

Who pays for the operation?

Insurance, whether private, Medicare or Medicaid, will pay for your evaluation and surgery. Please contact your insurance for specific levels of coverage. Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Ready to Get Started?

For medical consults or to refer a patient, call 85-LiverDoc (855-483-7362) to speak with a representative.

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