Liver Transplantation

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Contact the Liver Transplant Program

If your child’s liver disease is no longer responding to treatment or your child has acute liver failure, a liver transplant may be an option to offer a longer and healthier life. A liver transplant is an operation performed to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver or segment of a healthy liver.

  • The liver may come from an organ donor who has died or from a family member who is willing to donate and is a suitable candidate.
  • In some cases, it’s done in combination with other organ transplants, such as intestines or kidneys.
  • First year survival rates for children who have been treated by our Liver Transplant Program are excellent. 

How we approach a liver transplant

Our Liver Transplant Program evaluates infants, children and adolescents with end-stage liver disease who may be candidates for transplants, and we care for them before and after the transplant. We work closely with Boston Children’s Center for Childhood Liver Disease.

Whether your child needs a whole-organ transplant, reduced-size liver transplant, split-liver transplant or living-donor transplant, he or she is in good hands with us. Your child’s team includes:

  • Pediatric liver transplant surgeons
  • Hepatologists and other gastroenterologists
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Transplant anesthesiologists
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Transplant infectious disease specialists
  • Transplant psychologists
  • Transplant social workers
  • General radiologists and interventional radiologists

We also bring in experts from additional sub-specialties throughout Boston Children's to join your child’s care team as needed, including child life specialists, physical therapists and resource specialists to support your whole family.

To speak with a member of our liver transplant team, please call:  617-35-LIVER.

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