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Liver Transplant Recipient Selection

//Liver Transplant Recipient Selection

Liver Transplant Recipient Selection

Specialists from a variety of fields are needed to determine if a liver transplant is appropriate. Many health care facilities assemble a team of such specialists to evaluate (review your medical history, do tests) and choose candidates for a liver transplant. The team may include the following professionals:

  • Liver specialist (hepatologist)
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Transplant coordinator, usually a registered nurse who specializes in the care of liver-transplant patients (this person will be your primary contact with the transplant team)
  • Social worker to discuss your support network of family and friends, employment history, and financial needs
  • Psychiatrist to help you deal with issues, such as anxiety and depression, which may accompany a liver transplant
  • Anesthesiologist to discuss potential anesthesia risks
  • Chemical dependency specialist to aid those with history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Financial counselor to act as a liaison between a patient and his or her insurance companies

Credits:
webmd.com/hepatitis/hepb-guide/digestive-diseases-liver-transplantation