Organ Transplantation

Liver Transplant

Expanding Options for Liver Transplantation in Adults and Children

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Why Choose Us

The most liver transplants in the northeast over the last ten years

The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian is a multidisciplinary program dedicated to the treatment of adults and children with all stages of liver disease. We provide comprehensive services, including diagnostic testing, medical treatment, surgery, transplantation, and support. We have performed more than 2,500 liver transplants, with outcomes that meet or surpass national and regional averages. You have the best chance of getting a liver transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian, where you are likely to receive a liver transplant sooner than at other hospitals in the region.

Our doctors use a variety of approaches to perform the greatest number of transplants possible given the limited supply of organs. We have one of North America's largest living donor liver transplantation programs and one of the only programs performing living liver donor surgery using minimally invasive laparoscopy, operating through small incisions. Our surgeons also have expertise performing liver transplantation in people with complicating factors such as hepatitis C, HIV, fatty liver, and bile duct and liver cancers.

Since the liver has a unique ability to regenerate itself, our surgeons can sometimes divide one donated liver so that it can be used to transplant two different patients. Both patients benefit from one donor organ. Called "split liver" or "partial liver" transplantation, this resourceful allocation of scarce donor organs enables more people to receive transplants. Surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian were among the first to perform split liver transplantation.

The Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT) Program at NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest and most experienced programs in North America, and the only one offering laparoscopic donor surgery for most donors. Up to one in five of our transplant recipients receives a liver from a living donor. During living donor liver transplantation, our surgeons remove a portion of a healthy living person's liver for transplantation into a recipient. The partial liver regenerates, grows and remodels in both the donor and recipient to form two complete, functioning organs. Our team was a leader in the NIH-funded A2ALL study which defined new ways to save lives with LDLT.

Patients with acute liver failure, usually due to a medication overdose or virus, traditionally have had limited options. With auxiliary liver transplantation, surgeons attach a portion of a healthy donor's liver to a portion of a recipient's diseased liver. The donor liver supports the recipient during recovery, clearing toxins and preventing brain injury. If the patient's own "native" liver recovers, the donor liver is no longer required, anti-rejection medication can be stopped, and the donor liver shrinks. Whereas liver transplantation requires patients to take immunosuppressant medications for the remainder of their lives, auxiliary transplantation does not. NewYork-Presbyterian was one of the first institutions to perform this procedure, which now accounts for a substantial proportion of liver transplants in children with acute liver failure and is also an option for some young adults.

 

At the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, we seamlessly integrate medical, surgical, and radiologic expertise to provide the best care for children with liver diseases. We recommend a liver transplant for children who have serious liver function problems and would not be able to live without a liver transplant. The most common liver disease in children that requires transplantation is biliary atresia; other serious liver diseases include Alagille's Syndrome, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, Wilson's disease, hepatitis, and hemochromatosis. We perform liver transplants from both deceased and living donors, including family members or individuals who are unrelated to your child but who are a good match and are able to donate a portion of their liver.

Our Team

A Compassionate Multidisciplinary Team

Your team includes experts who will educate you and your family about the entire liver transplant process and optimize your overall health while you are waiting for a liver. Your team includes a dedicated transplant coordinator and transplant surgeons, hepatologists (liver doctors), gastroenterologists, critical care specialists, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers, and financial counselors. We also have dedicated support services just for living liver donors. Our goal is to help you achieve long-term survival with the highest quality of life possible.

Our Approach to Care

Personalized Care for Liver Transplant Donors and Patients

When you arrive at our center, our experts will assess your health and guide you through your individualized treatment plan. Throughout the transplant process and beyond, we partner closely with you and your referring physicians while helping you and your family navigate any emotional, financial, and practical concerns. Our transplant teams are here for you before, during, and after your transplant — for life.

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