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A History of Surgical Excellence
Liver transplants provide hope for patients in the final stages of liver disease or end-stage liver disease. Since February 2004, over 190 liver transplants have been performed through the adult liver transplant program at Broward Health Medical Center. These surgeries have provided patients with a chance for a longer, more active life.
The transplant program offers adults with severe liver disease the expertise of a multidisciplinary team which integrates the efforts of hematologists, gastroenterologists, liver transplant surgeons, diagnostic and pathology experts, advanced-care nurses, social workers, and patient support staff, as well as experienced transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, mental health professionals, a nutritionist and financial counselors.
We create a care plan that is tailored to the needs of each individual patient. A dedicated in-patient unit provides state-of-the-art transplant care. Since organ transplant patients require a high level of attention during and following transplant surgery, we work closely with consulting physicians throughout the transplant process. Additionally, weekly multidisciplinary rounds are held to maximize integration of all different aspects of patient education and discharge planning.
Candidates for Liver Transplant
Liver transplantation is an option for patients facing end stage liver disease. The transplant involves surgically replacing the diseased liver with a new one, bringing back the functions performed by the liver. A liver transplant comes with a risk of complications and the need for lifelong treatment with anti-rejection therapies to control the body’s natural tendency to reject the new liver tissue. Liver transplantation is considered for individuals with conditions including:
- Viral hepatitis
- Problems with the major blood vessels that supply the liver
- Alcoholic cirrhosis
- Cancerous tumors of the liver or bile duct
- Noncancerous tumors of the liver
- Sudden liver failure
- Drug-induced liver injury
Liver Transplant Process
After a patient has been evaluated and placed on the list for liver transplant, the Liver Transplant Program staff is notified when an organ donor becomes available. A patient awaiting transplant is then matched to a donor.
Because many factors can influence how quickly an organ becomes available, the wait time for qualified liver transplant candidates is not known. During the wait for an organ match, it is important to follow your physician’s instructions to remain as active and healthy as possible, and take prescribed medications.
Liver Cancer and Hepato-biliary Surgery
In addition to liver transplant services, our team of physicians is dedicated to the care of patients suffering from liver cancer. We offer a multi-modal approach which includes the use of radiofrequency ablation, trans-arterial chemo-embolization, and laparoscopic liver resection. Complex hepato-biliary surgery cases, such as biliary reconstruction after bile duct injury and liver resections for benign and malignant disease, are also part of the expertise of our team of surgeons.