Liver Transplant Program

Liver Transplant FAQ

How can I be referred for a liver transplant evaluation?
You can be referred to Aurora St. Luke's Liver Transplant Program by your primary physician, GI doctor, hepatologist (liver doctor) or even by yourself. After being referred to the Transplant Clinic a transplant coordinator will contact you to setup an initial appointment and review the liver transplant process. After completing the necessary interviews and diagnostic tests your case will be referred to a selection committee that will determine if you are a candidate for liver transplant. Upon approval by the selection committee, you will be listed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Is there an age limit for liver transplant?
Aurora St. Luke's Liver Transplant program does not perform pediatric transplants. All other patients will be considered for liver transplant on an individual basis regardless of their age.

How long will I have to wait for a liver transplant?
The amount of time you will wait depends on several variables � your place on the transplant list, your blood type and your clinical status. Your blood type must be an acceptable match with the liver donor's blood type. The severity of your disease will also help determine your place on the list.

What can liver transplant recipients expect following their transplant?
For the first few weeks after transplant, patients can expect frequent appointments with the transplant clinic where they will check for signs of rejection and appropriate recovery. Patients will also undergo rehabilitation to help them return to normal activity. Most patients regain their health and strength and are able to resume everyday activities within a few months.

Who can become a donor?
Anyone can make the choice to become an organ donor. If you would like to become an organ donor, be sure to fill out the organ donation information on your driver's license and share your decision with your family and friends.

Is there a cost to donating your organs?
No. There is no cost to the donor or donor's family.

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