Liver transplantation was pioneered by Tom Starzl, M.D. in the mid-1960s at the University of Colorado and then at the University of Pittsburgh. Since that time, liver transplantation has been a long established method to treat specific Hepatocellular cancers. The specific cancers are designated by the Milan Criteria. This includes a single tumor, less than five or less than three tumors, with the largest being three centimeters. Several methods of down-staging (shrinking) tumors are used to achieve these criteria including radiofrequency, chemo-embolization and Therasphere®. Other uses of liver transplantation are to treat rare tumors such as carcinoids, hemangioendotheliomas and other neuroendocrine tumors.
In extreme cases, obstruction of the bile ducts can contribute to liver failure. This obstruction typically occurs before birth, but often can go undetected. The bile duct acts as a drainage system for the liver, carrying blood from the liver to the intestine to aid in proper digestion in conjunction with the pancreas.
Our trained team of professionals recognizes your liver transplant is not simply a surgery, but rather a process for which to prepare, both physically and emotionally. Consultants will work closely with you through the entire process to ensure you stay and healthy and strong as you await your transplant, educate you and help manage your fears and uncertainties associated with the procedure. And when it’s over, our team is right there to provide you all the care needed for recovery, as well as resources to help you maintain your quality of life.