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Liver Transplant

Liver Transplant

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There are many reasons you or your loved one may be in need of a liver transplant. At University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, you can be assured that you are in expert hands. We treat each situation as unique, we are committed to providing you with compassionate and comprehensive health care that fits your individual needs. With you at the center of the care team, transplant specialists and staff will guide you through the transplant process each step of the way -- to ensure that you receive the best possible care. 
Surgeons at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, have performed more than 1,200 liver transplants. We also have one of the most successful living donor liver programs in the nation, with three-year survival rates well above the national average. We've led the region and nation in being the first to perform many types of liver transplants.

Here are a few highlights:
  • In 1981, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, was first in the Midwest to perform a combined liver-kidney transplant.
  • In 1990, a combined liver-pancreas transplant was performed.
  • In 1996, the first combined liver-intestine transplant took place.
  • In 1997, we began performing adult-to-child, living-related-donor segmental liver transplants.
  • In 1999, this practice expanded to include adult-to-adult segmental liver transplants.

We continue today to pursue leading-edge technology with research on artificial liver support devices, split-liver transplantation, and living donor liver transplantation. To learn more, please read our Adult Liver Transplant Program fact sheet.

Among the best in the nation in living donor liver transplant success
As a result of our research and pioneering procedures, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients who are now being considered for this operation. Unfortunately, that has not been met with an equally dramatic increase in the number of deceased donor organs available for transplantation. As a matter of fact, the number of deceased donors available each year has risen only slightly. These two trends have resulted in a greater gap between the number of patients waiting, and the number getting a transplant.

To help combat this shortage of donors, liver transplant centers around the world have adopted living donation as a partial solution. Many people are now opting to help extend someone's life by donating a portion of their liver to a relative, friend or co-worker.

Living-donor liver transplants that are performed at the Transplant Center have among the highest success rates in the nation. Living-donor liver transplantation has several advantages over a transplant from a deceased donor. The most important of these is not having to wait for as long for a liver. Learn more about our Living Donor Liver Program.


Doctors & Providers

Liver Transplant Medicine

Liver Transplant Surgery

Health Care Support

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.