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Liver Transplant Initial Consultation & Evaluation

Our Liver Transplant Program uses a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, meaning our team is made up of experts who have different backgrounds. During the liver transplant evaluation phase, you'll be seen by our medical, surgical, dietary and psychosocial teams. Their shared goal is to do a complete and thorough analysis of each individual patient to determine if he/she is a candidate for transplantation.

The pre-transplant evaluation consists of:

  • Initial phone interview/medical history questionnaire
  • Complete medical testing that includes:
    • Lab work
    • Abdominal ultrasound to look at the organs in the abdomen, such as the liver
    • CT or MRI of abdomen to study the issue causing your liver disease
    • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) that checks for electrical problems in your heart
    • Chest x-ray to look at the structures in and around your chest
    • Stress test to monitor your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing during exercise
    • Pulmonary function tests that measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air 
  • Appointments with social worker and dietitian
  • Education class

When you are referred for a possible liver transplant, we must obtain insurance approval before any appointments can be scheduled. Insurance is needed not only to cover the actual transplant, but also for the anti-rejection medications you will be on for the remainder of your life after transplant. Once your pre-transplant evaluation tests and appointments are complete, the team will review your results and determine if you are a candidate for a liver transplant.

Patients accepted as liver transplant candidates are wait listed through Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), as well as nationally with the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).