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Liver Transplant Surgery Operation Information

Liver Transplant Surgery OperationLiver transplant surgery is a complex operation that usually takes between five and eight hours to complete. It involves removing the diseased liver from a patient, along with the gallbladder, and implanting a healthy donor liver in the same location. The procedure is performed in an operating room by surgeons who specialize in organ transplantation and work closely with hepatologists, nurses and several other medical professionals throughout a patient’s treatment.  

Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute is a high-volume program with transplant surgeons and other medical professionals who have a unique level of experience addressing even the most severe cases of liver disease. The outstanding expertise our team has allows for more efficient treatment and world-class outcomes. To date, TGH has facilitated more than 10,000 organ transplants, our liver transplant program is ranked #7 in the nation by volume and we are recognized as a leader in liver disease care.

When is Liver Transplantation Necessary?  

Liver transplant surgery is most commonly considered for patients with cirrhosis (irreversible liver scarring) from hepatitis C, excessive alcohol consumption or biliary disease. You may be a candidate for liver transplant surgery if:

  • You have tried all other treatment options without success
  • You are at a high risk of liver failure
  • Your prognosis is fewer than two years without liver transplantation

What are the Risks of Liver Transplant Surgery?

Liver transplant surgery can be a life-saving procedure if you have advanced liver disease. Plus, enhancements in immunosuppressive medications to prevent organ rejection and increased overall surgical experience are improving long-term outcomes. Still, there are risks involved with liver transplantation, as with any type of surgical procedure. Some possible complications of liver transplant surgery include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Bile duct damage
  • Blood clotting
  • Pneumonia 
  • Infection
  • Death  

Your treatment team will partner with you and your caretakers to ensure you have the greatest chance at a healthy recovery following liver transplant surgery. You can feel confident about the care you’ll receive because of our extensive experience in treating even highly complex cases and our excellent liver transplant survival rates, which exceed the national average.

Learn More

We encourage you to contact TGH’s Transplant Institute at 1-800-505-7769 (dial 4 for the liver transplant program) to learn more about our approach to liver transplant surgery and whether it is right for you. We welcome patients with or without referrals.