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Liver Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for liver transplantation?
 
Individuals who suffer from end-stage liver disease from varying causes may be considered for liver transplantation.
 
How is it decided if I need a liver transplant?
 
Eligibility is determined by medical and social evaluation.
 
How long is the waiting time?
 
The severity of your disease will determine your average waiting time.
 
Do you have a live liver donor program?
 
Yes. Eligibility for this program will be discussed at the time of your evaluation.
 
Do you have an age limit?
 
The age limit is individualized as it varies with a patient's overall health condition. However, it is rare to offer liver transplant to someone greater than 70 years old.
 
When will I be listed for liver transplant, if it is decided that I would benefit from one?
 
Listing for liver transplant will take place after thorough testing is done, results retrieved and evaluated, and it is determined that the benefits outweigh the risks. Your insurance company is then contacted for eligibility of payment. After this is secured, you will be listed.
 
If I am interested in your program, what is my first step and what can I expect?
 
Your local doctor can call our office at 608-263-9531 to set up an appointment. The day of your appointment, you will meet with a liver transplant specialist, liver transplant surgeon, social worker, clinical and financial coordinators. The average evaluation takes five to six hours. When going through the transplant process, a Clinical Transplant Coordinator is assigned to you who will assist you throughout the entire process.
 
Do you have a pediatric liver transplant program?
 
Yes.
 
Do you do living liver donor transplants?
 
Yes. Living Liver Donor Transplant

Will my insurance cover my transplant? How much?
 
UW Health has contracts with many insurance providers, Medicare and Wisconsin Medicaid. You need to contact your insurance company to find out your coverage for the costs of your transplant surgery. After contacting your insurance company, if you still have questions, you may call 608-263-1503 and ask for one of our transplant financial counselors to assist you.