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Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

How Transplants Work

If the liver has been damaged by injury or disease to the point where it cannot continue to function, the patient will need to receive a transplant.

The liver is second only to the kidneys as the most-transplanted organ in the United States. There are two kinds of liver transplants:
In a deceased donor transplant, surgeons remove the liver from a person who has recently died and use it to replace the recipient’s damaged liver. This is the most common liver transplant procedure.
In a living donor transplant, a healthy person donates a part of his or her liver to the recipient. This procedure is becoming the most common option for children, mainly due to the limited supply of child-size livers available.

The Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation is one of the most active liver transplant centers in the United States, having performed over 160 successful transplants to date. We know that the organ transplant process can seem overwhelming—and we’re here to walk you through every step of the way.

To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, call us at 713-441-8839 or at 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) or send us an email.