Liver Transplant

Liver Transplant Surgery

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Using state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, our integrated, multidisciplinary team of experts provides an unparalleled level of seamless, patient-focused care with excellent outcomes.

Go Inside the OR for a Look at Liver Transplant Surgery

Join Dr. Parsia Vagefi, Chief of Surgical Transplantation, and Dr. Steven Hanish, Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, as they grant unprecedented access to the OR while performing a liver transplant surgery.

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About the Surgery

Liver transplantation is much more than the initial surgery – and it requires a lifelong commitment.

During the transplant operation, the surgical team puts the patient under general anesthesia. The diseased liver is removed through an incision in the abdomen. The team then places the healthy donor liver into the patient’s body, making the appropriate connections for the bile duct, artery, and veins.

The transplant surgery usually takes four hours.

After surgery, the patient will be taken to the surgical intensive care unit and closely monitored for one day. Once stabilized, the patient will be moved to the transplant floor.

The hospital stay typically lasts five days, one of the shortest length of stays for liver transplant in the country. During this time, patients learn about medications, future outpatient visits, and general health care issues. Patients also undergo physical therapy and learn how to take care of their new liver.

Learn more about what to expect after surgery.

Dual Surgeries Give Patient a 'Second Chance at Life'

Juan Escobar was suffering from liver failure and the effects of obesity. The Transplant and Bariatric surgery teams at UT Southwestern collaborated on a liver transplant and a sleeve gastrectomy. Together, they gave Mr. Escobar a new lease on life.