Potential Liver Transplant Patients
Patients are referred from across the country to the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute for liver transplants, and are typically evaluated over two or three days. Our tests are designed to assess the patient's need for a liver transplantation and the urgency. The tests include blood tests, imaging tests, evaluation of the heart and lung function along with psycho/social evaluation followed by an extensive interview.
See our full liver transplant referral criteria list.
We accept high risk adult candidates for transplant, including a number of patients who were turned down elsewhere due to the complexity of their disease. The program is Medicare certified.
Liver Transplant Recipient Review Committee
Once the evaluation phase is completed, the patient is presented at the Liver Transplant Recipient review committee, which includes a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team consisting of
- Social workers
- Transplant coordinators
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Transplant surgeons
- Pediatric gastroenterologist
- Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic gastroenterologist
- Dedicated transplant intensive care team
Once a patient has been accepted as a candidate for a liver transplant, his or her waiting time can vary widely depending on blood group, the urgency of the medical condition and the unpredictability of the gift of a suitable liver donor.
The Liver Transplant Operation and Post-Transplant Care
Liver transplants as quick as five to six hours are not infrequent with current improvement in surgical technique and avoidance of veno-venous bypass.
A speedy discharge is possible mainly because of a dedicated transplant intensive care unit with a full-time transplant/critical care specialist who manages the patients 24 hours a day, along with a committed team of transplant trained specialists in every transplant-related field of medicine.
Liver transplant patients are referred to us from across the US, especially from surrounding states including: Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Louisiana.
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