Liver Transplant

Offering a full spectrum of liver disease management and transplant services for adults and children facing end-stage liver disease

OverviewSlice

If you have a medical condition that is causing your liver to no longer work properly, you may need a liver transplant. A liver transplant involves replacing your diseased liver with a healthy, donated liver from another person.

Overview

If you have a medical condition that is causing your liver to no longer work properly, you may need a liver transplant. A liver transplant involves replacing your diseased liver with a healthy, donated liver from another person.

What to ExpectSlice

Our Expertise

We are nationally recognized for excellent outcomes and short wait times based on data released by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)— a median of 2.2 months vs. the U.S. 13.5-month median wait time. 

IU Health Transplant surgeons are committed to personally reviewing each potential donor and frequently travel across the country to visually assess livers declined by other transplant centers. These organs are often determined to be suitable for transplant. By increasing the number of organs transplanted and decreasing wait times, our patients often receive successful transplants before becoming extremely ill or debilitated.

In 2017, we performed 151 liver transplants—139 adults and 12 pediatric. The combined total is the highest volume in our five-state region.

Services Offered

We provide a full spectrum of liver disease management and transplant services for adults and children with acute or chronic liver failure, primary liver malignancies, and metabolic or genetic disorders, including:

  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Viral hepatitis, B and C
  • Liver cancer (selected cases)
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis and sclerosing cholangitis
  • Liver cirrhosis of other causes
  • Metabolic diseases

If you have liver cancer or neuroendocrine tumors, we offer individualized care plans to treat your primary or secondary liver cancer as well as assess your eligibility for transplant through our partnership with the IU Health Comprehensive Liver Oncology Program.

As one of the most active intestine/multivisceral transplant programs in the country since 2003, patients benefit from our multidisciplinary team’s experience with surgically and medically complex cases when a multi-organ transplant is needed.

What to Expect

Our Expertise

We are nationally recognized for excellent outcomes and short wait times based on data released by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)— a median of 2.2 months vs. the U.S. 13.5-month median wait time. 

IU Health Transplant surgeons are committed to personally reviewing each potential donor and frequently travel across the country to visually assess livers declined by other transplant centers. These organs are often determined to be suitable for transplant. By increasing the number of organs transplanted and decreasing wait times, our patients often receive successful transplants before becoming extremely ill or debilitated.

In 2017, we performed 151 liver transplants—139 adults and 12 pediatric. The combined total is the highest volume in our five-state region.

Services Offered

We provide a full spectrum of liver disease management and transplant services for adults and children with acute or chronic liver failure, primary liver malignancies, and metabolic or genetic disorders, including:

  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Viral hepatitis, B and C
  • Liver cancer (selected cases)
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis and sclerosing cholangitis
  • Liver cirrhosis of other causes
  • Metabolic diseases

If you have liver cancer or neuroendocrine tumors, we offer individualized care plans to treat your primary or secondary liver cancer as well as assess your eligibility for transplant through our partnership with the IU Health Comprehensive Liver Oncology Program.

As one of the most active intestine/multivisceral transplant programs in the country since 2003, patients benefit from our multidisciplinary team’s experience with surgically and medically complex cases when a multi-organ transplant is needed.

Preparing For Your TransplantSlice

Waiting for a liver transplant can be difficult as you continue to manage your health. You will have a pre-transplant coordinator to help you navigate the steps leading up to your transplant.

Preparing For Your Transplant

Waiting for a liver transplant can be difficult as you continue to manage your health. You will have a pre-transplant coordinator to help you navigate the steps leading up to your transplant.

After Your TransplantSlice

After your liver transplant, taking care of yourself and maintaining your health is very important. Your post-transplant coordinator will help you through recovery, rehabilitation and after care.

Your transplant team will remain a life-long partner in managing your healthcare.

After Your Transplant

After your liver transplant, taking care of yourself and maintaining your health is very important. Your post-transplant coordinator will help you through recovery, rehabilitation and after care.

Your transplant team will remain a life-long partner in managing your healthcare.

Questions to AskSlice

You will probably have a lot of questions about your liver transplant procedure. Some of the questions you might ask include:

  • Why do I need a transplant? Are there any other options? 
  • How long will I have to wait for my transplant?
  • How is the procedure done? 
  • Will I be in much pain afterward? 
  • Will I need special medication afterward? 
  • Will I need to modify my diet? 
  • How long will my recovery take? 
  • What will my life be like after the transplant? Are then any activities I can no longer do?

Be sure to write down these or other questions you may have. We strongly recommend that you bring along a partner or a good friend who can help you by listening and also taking notes.

Questions to Ask

You will probably have a lot of questions about your liver transplant procedure. Some of the questions you might ask include:

  • Why do I need a transplant? Are there any other options? 
  • How long will I have to wait for my transplant?
  • How is the procedure done? 
  • Will I be in much pain afterward? 
  • Will I need special medication afterward? 
  • Will I need to modify my diet? 
  • How long will my recovery take? 
  • What will my life be like after the transplant? Are then any activities I can no longer do?

Be sure to write down these or other questions you may have. We strongly recommend that you bring along a partner or a good friend who can help you by listening and also taking notes.

For more information about the liver transplant program, call 800.382.4602 or email transplantinfo@iuhealth.org.

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