Potential liver or kidney transplant patients may be referred by their primary care physician, gastroenterologist or nephrologist to Lahey.
During the initial consult, a transplant physician will review the patient's condition and assess the need for transplant. Patients also meet with a pre-transplant coordinator who guides them through the entire evaluation process. If a determination for potential transplant is made, a Lahey representative will contact the patient's insurance company to obtain prior authorization.
Next, patients undergo a formal evaluation process including consultation with members of the multidisciplinary transplant team. This evaluation includes a transplant education class to teach patients about the various transplant options available to them, including live donation or deceased donation, among other alternatives. This class provides an overview of the entire transplant experience including pre-transplant evaluation; waiting on the transplant list; the actual surgery and recovery process; as well as expectations for long-term follow up.
Transplantation, whether from a live donor or a deceased donor, is a precious commodity and as such there are expectations that transplant recipients will comply with the guidelines of the transplant program. Compliance has been repeatedly shown to result in better and longer-lasting transplant outcomes. Another factor associated with long-term transplant success is the presence of family members or friends available to support the patient both physically and emotionally. As a result, a complete review of a potential transplant candidate's support system and history of compliance is evaluated by a licensed transplant social worker. As a condition of participation in the transplant program, potential transplant candidates are required to sign a document agreeing to abstain from non-prescribed drugs and alcohol and to comply with all of the recommendations of the multidisciplinary transplant team.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Awards Lahey Clinic the Silver1 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.