Being on the Wait List
Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute encourages open communication for patients on the liver transplant wait list. If you are a patient in our program, it’s important to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so your transplant coordinator can notify you if you’re selected for transplantation. If we are unable to reach you at the time of your transplant offer, we will move on to the next candidate.
It’s also important to promptly notify your transplant coordinator or call the liver transplant office at (813) 844-8686 if:
- You change your address
- You change your phone number (it’s best to provide us with two or three phone numbers)
- You change your insurance information
- Your medical condition worsens or improves
- You go on vacation
What You Can Do
Being on a liver transplant wait list may leave you feeling a little helpless, but there are actually several key factors you can control during this challenging time. For example:
- Lean on your support system – it’s important to keep family and friends in the loop about your personal struggles, concerns and victories.
- Stay in close communication with your transplant coordinator and keep all scheduled medical appointments.
- Carefully follow all diet and exercise guidelines given to you by your treatment team.
- If you’re waiting for “the call” at home, pack a bag with all necessities to make the transition to TGH as simple as possible once a donor liver is available.
- Arrange transportation to and from TGH and provide your caregiver with any information he or she may require during your recovery.
- Take a practical approach to your health and sort out all personal affairs, including finalizing a will and providing a loved one with access to your banking, insurance information, email and other important accounts.
About the Donor
Liver donors are subject to careful screening to determine if an organ is acceptable for transplantation. Still, there are some risks involved in receiving a donor liver. Referred to by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “high-risk” donors, some donors have a greater likelihood of transmitting disease, including people who have:
- Previously been in jail
- Practiced unsafe sex
- Received tattoos in an unhygienic setting
- Used intravenous drugs
TGH will only collaborate with this type of donor if your clinical condition favors you receiving a high-risk organ, in which case the treatment team will discuss this with you.
What Defines Us
TGH’s Transplant Institute is a high-volume center led by specialists who possess a unique level of experience addressing even the most complex cases of organ disease. To date, we have completed more than 10,000 organ transplant surgeries overall and our liver transplant program is ranked #7 in the country by volume. This unparalleled expertise, combined with our shorter-than-average wait times, translates into more world-class outcomes for our patients.
To get in touch with TGH’s Transplant Institute, call 1-800-505-7769, press 4 for the liver transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator, or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.