Liver Failure

Transplant Services began providing organ transplants in 1963, and since its founding, our surgeons have performed more than 1,400 liver transplants.
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Our livers process nutrients absorbed during digestion and filter out toxic substances in the body. Diseases of the liver can be caused by hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, alcohol, metabolic disorders, or obesity. When your liver becomes scarred, it can lead to liver failure, which is life threatening. The symptoms of liver failure include vomiting of blood, confusion, fluid build up in the abdomen, easy fatigability, and weakness. If you have end-stage liver failure, you may be a candidate for transplant.

Our Approach

Specialists at the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Liver Clinic have a national reputation in the treatment of liver diseases in adults, including liver failure. If your treatment involves a liver transplant, you will receive excellent care at Transplant Services, which began providing organ transplants in 1963. Since its founding, our surgeons have performed more than 1,400 liver transplants. We also have one of the most successful living-donor liver programs in the United States. The most important advantage of a living-donor transplant is a shorter wait time to receive an organ. About 18,000 people, including children, are currently on the deceased-donor waiting list.

M Health Fairview providers offer the full range of care, from diagnosis and treatment to transplantation, clinical trials, and follow-up. Our multidisciplinary approach to your treatment, coupled with leading-edge research, results in superior outcomes.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Liver Transplant

When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. A liver transplant is a major surgical operation in which the diseased liver is taken out of the recipient's body and replaced with a healthy one from either a deceased or living donor.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Medical Management
  • Artificial Liver Support Devices
  • Microwave Ablation

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