Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery
Liver Transplant Surgery
Liver transplants have been performed at University Hospital since 1988. This program includes evaluation and treatment of potential transplant candidates to the treatment of complex hepatobiliary disorders. Faculty and residents are actively involved in the various phases of transplantation, including organ procurement, surgical transplantation and postoperative care. In addition the faculty perform a variety of hepatobiliary surgical procedures for complex hepatobiliary surgical disorders.
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The hepatobiliary system refers to the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and bile ducts –
organs that are involved with the production, storage, transport and release of
bile, a secretion that prepares fats for further digestion.
There are numerous conditions that can harm the hepatobiliary system, some of
which are life-threatening and ultimately, require surgery and/or liver
transplantation. Liver damage can occur from a variety of sources: infections
with viruses (hepatitis A, B, and C viruses), exposure to toxic drugs or
chemicals, excessive use of alcohol, genetic disorders, diabetes, heart
failure, cancer and shock. Some of the signs and symptoms of liver disease
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Pruritus (itching)
- Dark, tea-colored urine
- Weight loss
- Muscle wasting
- Ascites (swelling of the abdomen with fluid)
- Easy bruising and bleeding (bleeding gums or frequent nosebleeds)
- Vomiting blood
- Blood in the stool (bright red blood or black, tar-like stool)
- Mental confusion
In many cases, the liver is able to repair itself; in others, a variety of
treatments may be effective. However, if liver damage is severe, the organ may
not recover, resulting in liver failure which is life threatening. Once this
happens, the patient may need a new liver.
April is “National Donate Life Month” across the United States and we celebrate the gift of organ donation that saves thousands of lives each year. Learn what our Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary surgeons do in caring for donors, recipients and their families.
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