A whole liver transplant is what most people think about when they hear “liver transplant.” This option is available when a liver from a deceased donor is matched and offered to your child while they are on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) transplant list.
When a whole liver becomes available for your child, the transplant surgeon replaces your child’s entire liver with the entire donor liver. Whole liver transplants are technically less complicated than other transplant options and provide great outcomes for kids. However, whole liver transplants are less common in kids than adults.
Kids should be fully recovered within four to six weeks and can then return to normal activities. Even as they return to normal activities, your child will continue to see the transplant team several times per year to maintain ideal health.
At Children’s Colorado, our goal is to give your child a normal quality of life without limitations from an organ transplant. This means that kids can go to school, play sports and eat a normal diet.
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