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Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

Liver Transplant

The Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation is one of the most active liver transplant centers in the United States; in 2010 alone, our surgeons performed 44 liver transplants, and our patient survival rate is 95 percent.

Reasons for a Transplant

Diseases such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and liver cancer can damage the liver and interfere with its ability to perform its many functions for the body, including blood filtration, fat metabolism, and blood sugar regulation. When the liver becomes damaged to the point that it can no longer perform these functions, the patient will need a liver transplant.

Types of Liver Transplants

The liver is second only to the kidneys as the most-transplanted organ in the United States. There are two basic types of transplants:

  • Deceased Donor Liver Transplant: After a person who has agreed to be an organ donor has died, surgeons remove his or her liver and use it to replace the patient’s damaged liver. In some cases, it is possible to split a donor liver into two parts and transplant each into a different recipient, called a split liver transplant.
  • Living Donor Liver 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.

For more information, see Liver transplants.

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