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Liver Transplant


Liver transplantation may be an option in treating your patient’s illness if they have been diagnosed with a liver tumor or end-stage liver failure due to any of the following diseases:

The University of Illinois at Chicago Transplant Center liver program was launched in 1985.  From our extensive experience in liver transplantation, the institution is able to offer patients with liver diseases opportunities previously not available.

  • First adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant in US (1998)
  • First coronary artery bypass and liver transplant in the same setting (1998)
  • First liver and small bowel transplants from same living donor into same recipient worldwide (2004)
  • First robotic hepatectomy in the US (2005)
  • One of two programs worldwide offering living donors for the abdominal orgrans: kidney liver, pancreas, intestine, combined liver/bowel, combined kidney/pancreas

Our multi-disciplinary team has been one of the key determinants for the successful improvements for the liver transplant program.  Refinement of  surgical technique, skillful management of immunosuppressive therapy and prompt diagnosis of rejection are ways in which we continuously strive to improve post operative results. 

Calendar Year 2006

  • 36 Transplants
  • Patient Survival: 88.88% (32/36)
  • Graft Survivor: 86.11% (31/36)

Due to a shortage of deceased donor organs responsible for the delayed treatment of chronically ill patients, our surgeons perform living related liver transplants in adults.  This represents a unique opportunity to provide our patients with organs in a timely fashion.  Until recently, very few adults in this country were treated with a segmental liver graft from a live donor.  We have an established living-donor liver transplant program offering this advanced treatment to all patients living with End-Stage Liver Disease or HCC.  Furthermore, our surgeons provide experienced service in liver resection for benign and malignant tumors. 

 

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