Adult liver transplant
Consideration as a transplantation candidate
If a patient is accepted as a candidate for liver transplant, a thorough medical screening process will begin that includes multiple lab tests, x-rays, immunological work-up, psychosocial evaluation, financial counseling, dietary evaluation, and anesthesia and cardiology consultation. Patients will also be participating in one-on-one patient teaching and weekly support groups.
Upon completion of the medical evaluation, the patients' cases are reviewed by the transplant team and, if appropriate, then placed on the waiting list. The wait on the list can vary from days to months.
Liver disease and transplant
Many of the diseases that are capable of injuring the liver enough to be life-threatening are treatable by liver transplant. Although liver transplant is considered only when medical management of liver disease is no longer effective, many people enjoy a high quality of life after transplant with normal or near normal levels of activity.
The most common disease for which liver transplant is indicated in adults is chronic hepatitis. Some of the many other diseases for which liver transplant is indicated are primary sclerosing cholangitis, biliary atresia, and the early stages of primary liver cancer.
Most people who develop cirrhosis of the liver due to excessive use of alcohol do not need a liver transplant. Abstinence from alcohol and treatment of complications will usually allow them to live for prolonged periods without a transplant. However, for patients with advanced liver disease where medical treatment and prolonged abstinence from alcohol fail, transplant is a consideration.
Loma Linda's liver transplant program
Loma Linda University Medical Center began its liver transplant program in 1993. It is the only service of its kind available in the Inland Empire. It is a multidisciplinary team approach comprised of surgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists, etc., providing you with complete medical care before, during, and after your transplant experience.
All patients involved in Loma Linda's liver transplant program receive an extremely thorough medical and surgical evaluation, educational training by nursing, dietary, and social service specialists, and financial counseling.
Many patients come to Loma Linda for a transplant from surrounding cities and states. After transplant, they return home once they are medically stable. The transplant team can help make travel and lodging arrangements. Loma Linda's liver transplant patients now enjoy a 90 percent one-year success rate.
Who is eligible?
* Patients with end-stage liver disease
* No history of significant cardiovascular disease
* No malignancies outside of the liver
* Compliant with medical regime