Our pre-transplant nurse coordinators
provide dedicated care and support to potential candidates. During the initial consult, a liver transplant physician
will review your condition and assess the need for liver transplantation. If you are determined to be a candidate for
liver transplantation, a Lahey representative will contact your insurance
company to obtain prior authorization.
If the initial consult indicates that a candidate may
benefit from transplantation, the formal evaluation process will begin. This will include consultations with members
of the multidisciplinary transplant team. The process begins with an educational
session that will inform you about the various liver transplant options
available, including live and deceased donor transplantation. The class will provide an overview of the
entire liver transplant experience including pre-transplant evaluation, waiting
on the liver transplant list, the actual surgery and recovery process, and
expectations for long-term follow-up.
Some of the tests you may need during the evaluation
A transplanted liver, whether from a live donor or a deceased donor, is a precious commodity. To help ensure a good outcome, all liver
transplant recipients must comply with the guidelines of the transplant
program. These are intended to maximize
your health and the function of your new liver. As a condition of participation in Lahey’s liver transplant program, you
must sign a document agreeing to abstain from non-prescribed drugs and alcohol
and to comply with all recommendations of the multidisciplinary transplant
The presence and involvement of family members or friends offers
both physical and emotional support to the candidate and has been shown to be
associated with long term success for liver transplant recipients. We require that transplant candidates have a
plan in place that demonstrates who will support them through this process. A licensed transplant social worker will
conduct a complete review of your support system and history of compliance.
Once the individual evaluation assessments and tests are
complete, your information will be presented to the multidisciplinary Liver Transplant Screening Committee. The decision to accept a candidate is
made by consensus of the committee after review and discussion of test results and
The possible outcomes include:
You will receive a letter detailing the decision
of the committee within 10 business days.
It will include any recommendations and required follow-up.
Information about our living donor program.
Discover how our integrated, multidisciplinary group practice can provide you outstanding care.