I’m a clinical hepatologist, so almost all of my patients at Rush will have liver disease — either known liver disease or concern that they might be at risk for liver disease. As technology evolves, most liver disease is either manageable or curable.
Unfortunately some people really do need transplant as the best option for a long-term outcome. The transplant process is truly a process. It’s a before-and-during-and-after management, and we have a lot of different levels of involvement. So we have coordinators, a nutritionist, a social worker, a psychiatrist, all of these individuals are part of our team — in addition to the medical person, the nurse and the surgeon that you know you’re gonna get. And the reason for all these layers are to identify what’s unique about you and your situation, so that we can understand what we’re up against and make sure that any pitfall we can foresee is avoided.
Our goal with transplant isn’t to extend life by three months. Our goal of transplant is to get you back working, enjoying your family, living decades after that transplant.
Last updated on August 4th, 2022 at 12:49 pm