One of the largest programs of its kind in Massachusetts, the UMass Memorial Transplant Program provides expert care for patients experiencing liver failure. Through its multidisciplinary team of liver transplant specialists, including hepatocellular cancer, we provide excellent care to residents of the New England area.
Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation
This procedure involves removal of the failing liver and replacing it with a new, whole or partial liver. In most instances, the liver is transplanted from a deceased donor, as there is a lower chance of liver rejection and other medical problems.
Living Donor Liver Transplantation
In some cases, family members or very close friends can donate a portion of their liver in a procedure called living donor transplant. The liver has the unique ability to regenerate to nearly its original size in both the donor and recipient following transplant surgery.
UMass Memorial Medical Center proudly offers this program because it allows the transplant recipient to receive a liver much more quickly than having to wait for a deceased donor liver. Liver transplant is major surgery, and today's success rates range from 85 to 90 percent.
The procedure is offered for many forms of advanced liver disease.
Laparoscopic Living Liver Donation
Shorter Recovery Times. Better Outcomes. More Lives Saved.
Thanks to advances in medical technology, laparoscopic living liver donation is now possible in many cases. UMass Memorial Medical Center is a pioneer in laparoscopic living liver donation and one of only two programs in the U.S. performing this procedure.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that involves the use of a tiny camera to guide the surgeon, allowing for much smaller incisions. The use of laparoscopic technology makes living liver donation much safer with a dramatically shorter and smoother recovery period for the donor.
With our experienced surgeons and specially trained staff, you can be confident you’re in good hands if you elect to become a living liver donor.
Could You Be a Liver Donor?
Call UMass Memorial Medical Center today at 508-334-2023 to find out how you can give the gift of life.