Your child will undergo a complete evaluation to determine if a liver transplant is the best treatment for them. During the two-day process, they will undergo medical tests and meet with doctors, nurses, a social worker, a financial counselor, and others. Our transplant coordinator will explain the transplant process and answer your questions. We strive to give every child this opportunity and do not turn away difficult cases that other centers may not have the expertise or experience to accept.
Meeting the Transplant Team
During the evaluation, you and your child will meet with multiple specialists, including a pediatric hepatologist, transplant surgeon, and infectious disease specialist. You will also meet with a transplant coordinator, a financial counselor, a dietitian, a social worker, and others.
If you want to make an appointment for a pediatric liver transplant evaluation for your child, contact us. Our team can help with next steps.
Liver transplant surgery is performed at Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center. Pre- and post-transplant appointments take place at our liver transplant clinic within Duke Children's.
You and your child will participate in transplant education to learn more about the process and expectations, the medications your child will need, how to address your child’s physical and emotional needs before and after transplant, and more.
The Committee’s Decision
After the transplant team completes the evaluation, they will decide if liver transplant is the best option for your child. Your transplant coordinator will share the outcome with you. The committee will make one of the following decisions:
- Liver transplant is a good option for your child. The committee recommends moving forward with the transplant process.
- There is more to learn about your child. The committee will request more meetings or tests before they make a decision.
- Liver transplant is not the best option for your child at this time.
If Your Child Is a Candidate
If the committee decides that a liver transplant is the best option, your financial coordinator will work with your health insurance company to seek approval for the surgery. Once approved, your child will be placed on the UNOS national waiting list for liver transplantation. Your doctor will talk with you about the types of liver transplant available to your child.
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