Liver

Indiana University Health Transplant has established itself as a premier liver transplant provider since performing its first liver transplant in 1988. Today, IU Health Transplant provides a full spectrum of liver disease and transplant services for adults and children.

We are one of the top programs in the nation with outstanding survival rates, and we serve the highest volume of liver transplant patients in the five-state region.

Our first priority is to avoid liver transplant. For some, early referral can lead to non-invasive treatment. For those requiring transplant, our patients benefit from shorter wait times (2.5 months versus the 11-month average) and faster recovery times, a result of advanced surgical techniques. More than 90 percent of listed patients undergo transplantation, one of the highest rates in the U.S.

Liver Transplant Indications

Patients referred for liver transplant are typically those with acute or chronic liver failure, primary liver malignancies and metabolic or genetic disorders. These disorders could include:

  • Cholangiocarcinoma (selected cases)
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis—Patients must meet the following criteria for alcoholic cirrhosis:
    • Abstinence from alcohol for six months
    • Participation in a formal alcohol treatment program
    • Adequate psychosocial support as determined by social service or psychiatry consultants
  • Biliary cirrhosis
  • Cryptogenic cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatomas (selected cases)
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)

Liver Transplant Outcomes

Our surgeons are committed to finding appropriate donor livers for patients, often traveling across the country to evaluate an organ for transplant. This shortens your wait list times, providing patients with grafts earlier in the disease process and allowing for better liver transplant outcomes.