Here¡¯s What You Can Expect During a Liver Transplant Evaluation Process at Tampa General Hospital¡¯s Transplant Institute
A transplant evaluation can take several weeks to several months depending on your individual health issues. The plan for your evaluation will be determined by your hepatologist, surgeon, and transplant coordinator and will be provided and explained to you. Evaluations consist of consultations with other health care team members and providers, radiology testing, lab testing, and cardiac testing. Other common testing that may occur throughout your evaluation process can include:
- CT scans
- Breathing tests
- Laboratory testing
- Arterial blood gas
- Electrocardiograms (ECGs)
- Stress tests
- Chest X-rays
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGDs), colonoscopies
- Mammogram/Pap test (female patients only)
- Cancer screenings
Depending on your unique situation, additional testing or consultations may be requested.
Preparing for Your Appointments
These liver transplant evaluation appointments, which can be conducted as inpatient or outpatient, help us determine if a transplant is the best option for your specific situation. When you meet with Tampa General¡¯s transplant team members, you will need to have:
- Your medications or a current medication list
- Comfortable clothing and walking shoes, plus a jacket or a sweater
- Reading material (for the waiting periods between your tests) or personal entertainment, such as a tablet
- Money for food and drinks or snacks/food from home; you will be notified if you have to remain NPO (no food or drink) prior to your testing/consultation days
- At least two friends or family members for support and to help coordinate your care?before and after transplant and attend your teaching class and any consultations; these people can also help take notes and ask questions?
Once your liver transplant evaluation is complete, your?liver transplant team?will discuss your evaluation at our Medical Review Board and determine if any additional tests or consultations are required. Although you will not be present for the review, your transplant coordinator will let you know if any decisions are made during the review regarding your case. If your evaluation suggests that a transplant is not your best option, or you choose not to have a transplant, the transplant team will contact you to discuss alternative treatments that will best suit you and your condition.
Contact us if you have any questions about the evaluation process for admittance into our liver transplant program at TGH¡¯s Transplant Institute. You may call 1-800-505-7769 (press 4 for the liver transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686. Our liver transplant program is ranked #7 in the country by volume, making our center one of the busiest in the nation and allowing?us?to provide better outcomes for our patients.?