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Liver Transplantation

patient 1Liver Transplants are widely recognized as an effective and preferred option for the treatment of end-stage liver disease. Liver transplantation was introduced as a clinical procedure more than 30 years ago.  Today, thousands of patients receive such transplants each year in the U.S.

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes is one of only two hospitals in the state of New Jersey approved to perform liver transplants.  Since the program’s inception in 2000, the staff of surgeons, hepatologists, coordinators, social workers and other specialists in the medical center’s program have been giving individuals in need of liver transplants a new lease on life.  The Lourdes Regional Organ Transplantation Center liver team provides the best care possible before, during and after the transplant surgery.

After an organ donor passes away, the transplant team must harvest the liver quickly. The team tissue types the organ, and the UNOS system matches it with a patient on the liver transplantation waiting list.  The transplant system often transfers the liver from one hospital or medical center to the nearest transplant program that is accessible to the selected recipient.  Listed recipients waiting for such livers must be ready to arrive quickly to the transplant center when an organ becomes available.   The surgery will occur within 24 hours of the organ becoming available.

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Lourdes’ liver transplant program seeks to give patients with liver failure a treatment option through receipt of a new liver from a donor – a procedure that is both life saving and renews quality of life.  Liver transplantation can restore health to patients with liver failure caused by a variety of diseases and conditions, including acute and chronic viral hepatitis (B and C), autoimmune hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver tumors, metabolic conditions like Wilson’s disease, and poisoning or damage caused by long-term substance abuse.  Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes invites patients and their loved ones to learn more about this life altering treatment.

The transplant recipient’s medical expenses associated with liver transplants are generally covered by the recipient’s insurance.  The Lourdes transplant team’s finance manager can advise on insurance coverage and assist patients in developing a financial plan.

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