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Liver Transplantation

Liver transplantation is a critical and long-standing part of Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) program.

Patient education, both before and after the transplant procedure, is a hallmark of our program. We also provide access to resources and support our patients and their families need to make a successful recovery.

Liver Transplant Referral
Referring physicians, insurance case managers and other transplant centers can make a referral for a patient to be evaluated for transplantation appropriateness at Ohio State’s Medical Center. Learn more about other steps in the referral process

Who Can Be a Candidate
Many diseases and conditions may cause liver damage and/or failure. For example, hepatitis B and C viruses, alcohol, autoimmune liver diseases and hereditary liver diseases may destroy healthy liver cells and result in cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). When medical treatment is not effective for keeping a liver functioning, a transplant may be the only treatment. Because of advances in anti-rejection drug management, an increased ability to detect rejection early and refinements in surgical techniques, liver transplantation is a realistic option for many eligible candidates.

Why Candidates Can Be Ruled Out
In the past, age was a major factor in transplantation eligibility. Today, however, patients range from six-month-old infants to 70-year-old adults. Overall health status is what is most considered. Screenings before transplant ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to comply with treatment plans. All patients must meet the chemical dependency requirements of the State of Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium. People who have cancer in other areas of the body; serious heart, lung or nerve disease, active drug or illegal drug abuse or active serious infection may be ruled out as transplant candidates.

The Gift of Life
Replacement livers come from deceased donors. If you wish to receive a liver transplant and the Comprehensive Transplant Center team determines that you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, you will be placed on a waiting list until a compatible organ becomes available. The CTC partners with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Ohio Solid Organ Consortium and Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement to find donors for patients. For more information, please see the Patient Journey.

For More Information
If you would like additional information about liver transplantation, please talk to your gastroenterologist who can refer you to a doctor who specializes in liver transplants?. Ask them to contact the Liver Transplant Program at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center at (614) 293-6724 to arrange for you and your family to attend an introductory teaching session in our outpatient clinic and meet with members of our transplant team.

Please use the following links to learn more about transplantation and the patient experience at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:
 

Current Patients
TransChart Patient Management System

For more information about liver transplantation, please call or write:

Abdominal Transplant Office
The Ohio State University Medical Center
760 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 293-6724 or (800) 293-8965