- Being Evaluated for a Liver Transplant
- The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD)
- What to Expect After Liver Transplant Surgery
- Resuming Daily Activities
- Immunosuppressive Medications
- Immunosuppression and Rejection
- Keeping Track of Your Daily Activities
- Clinical Visit Follow-Up Schedule
- Tips for A Healthier Life After Transplantation
Being Evaluated for a Liver Transplant
The transplant team must evaluate your medical condition by using the results from a number of tests. The condition of your heart and lungs is especially important to determining the risk of surgery.
This table displays examples of some of the tests you will need to take to determine your medical condition before transplant. You will be required to meet with our financial coordinator, psychologist, and social worker prior to your transplant. In addition, it is important that you have no active infections or cancer outside the liver.
Important Tests for the Transplant Workup
Further testing may be required, depending on the type of liver disease you may have.
Anti-rejection medications are given after transplantation to decrease the body's ability to fight diseases, such as infections and cancers. It is important that every effort is made to eliminate any sources of infection prior to transplantation. In the case of certain liver cancers, a careful evaluation of the amount of tumor present is required prior to determining if transplantation is possible. If one is currently undergoing treatment for other types of cancers, the treatment must be completed with evidence of remission prior to transplantation.