Successful Liver Treatment

Since the first liver transplants in the 1960s, liver transplantation has become a very successful treatment for End Stage Liver Disease (ESLD). The advent of immunosuppression medications has drastically increased the life of the transplanted organ and decreased the occurrence of rejection episodes, prolonging the recipient's life.

Modern surgical procedures and technology have also brought success to liver transplantation. The Intermountain Transplant Center consistently achieves patient and graft survival rates above the national average with two month shorter wait times than the national time.

Become an Organ Donor

There are many opportunities for people who wish to donate organs or tissues. Living donations are best, when possible, because it means shorter waiting times both for the recipient and everyone else still on the waiting list, and produces better surgery outcomes.

Our Liver Transplant Process

Before You Arrive

Once you have been diagnosed with liver disease and your gastrointestinal doctor refers you to the Intermountain Transplant Center for a transplant evaluation, they will fill out a referral form and send it to our office along with a short summary of your case. If you refer yourself, we will request a copy of your medical records.

A transplant hepatologist will review your case and decide if you are ready for a transplant evaluation. If the hepatologist decides it’s too early for a transplant, we will refer you to our hepatology/liver failure clinic where we will manage your case until you are ready for a transplant.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are donor livers allocated?

Livers from deceased donors are allocated according to the policy of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Factors that contribute to the allocation process include: ABO blood type, MELD score (a measure of how sick you are), body size, and waiting list time.