The liver is a large organ in the abdomen that cleans and purifies blood from the digestive tract. It also helps detoxify the body and produces bile, which is needed to digest fats. If your liver stops working, your health – and quality of life – can deteriorate to the point that you need a liver transplant.
During a liver transplant, surgeons remove the damaged liver and replace it with a healthy one. It is usually from a recently deceased donor, but you can also receive a portion of a liver from a living donor.
If you’re in need of a liver transplant, you may also need a kidney transplant. Dr. Ajay Sahaipal, one of Aurora’s top transplant specialists, has pioneered a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure to replace your liver and kidney in a single surgery. This En Bloc technique is the first of its kind in the United States, and has been shown to successfully reduce surgery times, speed recovery, and cut health care costs. Watch Dr. Sahaipal reveal the benefits of this groundbreaking surgical method.