WHAT IS IT
Diseases of the liver including cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer may damage your liver to the point where a transplant becomes a necessity.
Cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer can damage the liver or cause liver failure
Deceased Donor Orthotopic Liver Transplant – Removal of the diseased liver from the patient's body and transplantation of a new healthy liver from a deceased donor.
Live Donor Orthotopic Liver Transplant – Removal of the diseased liver from the patient's body and transplantation of a new healthy liver from a living donor.
Dual Organ Transplant – Our surgical team performs liver and kidney dual organ transplants for patients who have multiple organ failure.
Liver Auto-transplant – A procedure in which the liver is removed, the cancerous part cut out, and the organ re-implanted into the patient. We are one of the few hospitals in the world that have successfully performed this procedure for patients who are not candidates for liver transplantation or standard liver resection.
"Bloodless" liver resection – Safely removes up to 75 percent of the organ; enables patients to recover in half the time and with less pain than a traditional liver resection
Robotic-assisted liver resection – Through a small incision, surgeons can perform complex procedures with a high level of precision and control with this minimally invasive approach
Our specialists also pioneer innovative therapies to improve patients’ quality of life before and after liver transplantation including a new artificial liver assist device and new anti-rejection protocols.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you choose Temple for your liver care, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan that includes supportive therapy, consultations for related conditions, and consideration for transplant.
We approach each patient case from a multispecialty perspective, considering all possible treatment options in order to choose the best course of action for you. If you are not a candidate for transplant, we will work to identify the best short- and long-term solutions for you.
Our team will help you navigate the entire transplant process, managing your health before, during and after the procedure, including tailored treatments to address your specific health needs.
Jefferson patients can now be evaluated for transplant in four days. In these four days, patients will see all necessary physicians and staff members and receive all of the required testing. The patient will be brought to our multidisciplinary meeting to discuss potential listing the following Monday. Our four-day outpatient evaluation and listing process maintains the standards of quality care and attention associated with Jefferson’s world class health facilities and professionals.
BENEFITS OF GOING HERE
Jefferson has the lowest mortality rate among patients on the Region 2 (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) liver recipient waiting list, and our patient and graft survival rates (91 percent and 87 percent respectively) surpass Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) benchmarks as well as Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) regional and national levels. These impressive results allow us to accept patients with higher morbidities than those accepted by other centers in the region.
When you choose Temple for your liver care, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan that includes supportive therapy, consultations for related conditions, and consideration for transplant. You will benefit from our decades of experience in caring for patients with chronic liver diseases, including hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease and liver cancer as well as those suffering from drug toxicity or a rare metabolic disorder.
Our highly skilled, multidisciplinary team employs the most advanced techniques to help you feel well again. We are also equipped to perform dual-organ transplants in patients who need to have more than one organ replaced, helping to reduce the need for multiple surgeries.