A liver transplant is a procedure performed to replace a liver that has been damaged beyond repair and has ceased proper function. Patients need liver transplants for many reasons, including liver cancer (such as hepatocellular carcinoma), sudden liver failure, polycystic liver disease and, most commonly, cirrhosis. No matter why our patients need transplants, Tampa General Hospital’s Liver Transplant Program is prepared to serve them. Our liver transplant program began in 1987 and has performed thousands of transplant procedures since then. Our hospital is one of the most active centers in Florida that offer liver transplants.
Tampa General’s Liver Transplant Program is also notable for its:
High volume – Tampa General Hospital’s liver transplant program is one of the leaders in the state and one of the top 10 programs in the country. One of the reasons behind our high volume of transplants is our close partnership with LifeLink Foundation, Inc., a nationally recognized organ procurement organization.
Survival rates – Not only has our longest-surviving liver transplant recipient had their new liver for more than two decades after the liver transplant procedure, but our survival rates for liver transplants typically exceed the national averages, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data. These rates are influenced in part by the skill of our multidisciplinary transplant health care team, which is composed of experienced staff members who also serve as consultants to Tampa General’s other solid organ transplant programs. We also have active programs dedicated to the treatment of Hepatitis C and hepatobiliary carcinoma, unique conditions that require tailored care.
Time to transplant – According to SRTR data, our time to transplant is historically among the shortest in Florida and in the nation.
Every liver transplant patient who is admitted into our program is first evaluated to determine if a transplant is the most appropriate course of treatment for his or her condition. Potential transplant candidates are considered based on the information provided by their referring primary care physician or gastroenterologist on their liver transplant referral form, and on several other factors.
Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our liver transplant program. Call 1-800-505-7769 (press 4 for the liver transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator).