Preparing for Liver Transplant Surgery
Once you receive “the call” letting you know a liver donor has been identified and it’s time for your transplant at Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute, a loved one will need to drive you to TGH as soon as possible. You will enter through the emergency room unless told otherwise. If you have any questions or concerns, your transplant coordinator will be happy to answer them and help ensure that you’re fully prepared for your surgery.
What Happens Before Surgery?
TGH takes an individualized approach to care that considers each patient’s unique situation. Your treatment team will provide you with specific details regarding how to prepare for your surgery and make sure you have all the information you need.
In general, you’ll be in close communication with your treatment team, who will evaluate your condition, perform any necessary tests and ensure you are medically cleared to proceed. You may need to stop taking certain medications before surgery, including insulin. You’re also encouraged to arrive at TGH with a fully charged cell phone and remove any jewelry, makeup, hair accessories and oral appliances. Friends and family members will be able to stay with you until it is time to go to the operating room.
Get in Touch With Us
TGH’s Transplant Institute stands at the forefront of organ disease treatment and surgical care, having performed more than 10,000 organ transplants since the inception of our program. Additionally, our liver transplant program has earned a #7 national ranking by volume, making us one of the busiest transplant centers in the country. To learn more about our approach to transplant surgery in general, call 1-800-505-7769. If you’re a current or potential liver transplant patient, you can call our liver transplant office directly at (813) 844-8686.