Pediatric Liver Transplant
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Learning your child may need a liver transplant can be overwhelming. Our Liver Transplant team offers you and your child exceptional care throughout the process, from initial consultation to post-transplant monitoring. Our experienced transplant team is here to answer your questions and support your family at each step of the transplant journey.
The pediatric liver transplant process
Following referral to our program, we schedule your child for an initial consultation with our transplant hepatologist. This first visit helps us determine the severity of your child’s liver disease and whether a transplant is needed. We will get to know you and your child, and you'll get to know us.
If your child needs a liver transplant, the process begins with scheduling a pre-transplant evaluation. The initial evaluation typically takes two to three days. Learn more about the pre-liver transplant process.
- Pre-transplant evaluation
- Waiting for a liver transplant
- Download the Liver Transplant Patient and Family Handbook (pdf)
Liver transplant surgery and recovery
Once a liver becomes available, we contact your family to come to the hospital. It is normal to have a variety of emotions as you anticipate the pending surgery. Remember that children receiving liver transplants are living longer and healthier lives because of advances in surgery and better pre- and post-transplant care.
Read more: Liver Transplant Surgery and Recovery
After liver transplant surgery
Children who receive a transplanted liver get follow-up care throughout their life. Studies show that patients have fewer complications and better outcomes when families work closely with a post-transplant medical team.
Read more: Long-term follow-up for transplant surgery
Our team is committed to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of our patients. Our support includes:
- Family Resource Center and Hospital School
- Nutrition Therapy
- Our Surgery Guide
- Child Life specialists
- Financial counseling
- Patient & Family Accommodations
- Research and clinical trials in immunosuppression and transplant management
- Support groups and annual patient gatherings
Life After Transplant
Every time Hayley Voorhees visits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt she brings home a memento of sorts.
Aubree's Liver Transplant Story
Aubree Vanzant was the first patient to receive a transplanted liver in our new pediatric liver transplant program.
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