Liver Transplant

Methodist Dallas, No. 1 in Liver Transplant Success

“Will I live?” This is the first question patients ask when they find out they need a liver transplant.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center has the highest survival rate for patients who receive transplants than any other hospital in the Dallas area. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the trusted source for information about the success and failures of transplant programs around the country, we exceed expectations for successful transplants and patient survival. Check the results for yourself at srtr.org.

Then visit yes2living.com to learn more about the success of our transplant program.

Download a copy of the Liver Transplant Patient Handbook from The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical CenterLiver Transplantation — an Option, Not a Cure

Once your doctor has determined that you have an organ that is severely diseased, you will be given treatment options. One of these options is organ transplantation, but it is not for everyone. An organ transplant means a lifetime commitment to medications, doctor visits, and a healthy lifestyle. Liver transplantation is a treatment option, not a cure.

Handling Your Other Health Problems

Diseases and conditions such as pancreatitis, lupus, and stomach ulcers must be treated and controlled before you undergo a transplant. You must also be free of any infections.

Know the Risks of Organ Transplant Surgery

There are risks with any surgery, but transplant surgery is a particularly high-risk proposition.

  • Medicines used after transplant are powerful and can have serious side effects.
  • There is an associated risk of infection.
  • There is chance that your body may reject the transplanted organ.
  • Organ transplants are not guaranteed. Not all organs will work perfectly, and in rare cases some transplanted organs do not work at all.
  • Your transplant physician can give you the most up-to-date statistics for all types of transplants.

Following Medical Orders and Making Lifestyle Changes

It is important that you follow the medical orders prescribed by your doctor. The better care you take of yourself, the better the transplanted organ should work. An organ transplant can offer you a better quality of life, and often a longer life, but you must always think of yourself as having special health care needs. You will have to make lifestyle changes that include diet, exercise, and refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol.

Transplant Evaluation

Before you can undergo a transplant, you must complete a transplant evaluation so your doctor can determine whether a transplant is a safe, suitable option for you. The length and complexity of the evaluation will vary by individual.

How to Apply for the Transplant Program

If you are a potential liver transplant patient, you or your doctor should call The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas at 214-947-4400 or 877-4A-LIVER to begin the application process.

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