Louisiana’s first liver transplant was performed at Ochsner in 1975. Since that time, our surgeons have performed more than 1100 adult and pediatric liver transplant operations, making Ochsner the busiest liver transplant center in Louisiana by far.
While steeped in tradition, we have not shied from innovation. Our hepatologists are leading the nation on the cutting-edge of clinical research. Their exciting work in the treatment of viral hepatitis now allows many patients to avoid transplantation altogether. Our surgeons are also experienced in split liver transplants, reduced size liver transplants and living-related liver transplantation.
By streamlining the transplant process, we are able to offer minimized operative times, decreased intra-operative use of blood products, and one of the shortest wait times among U.S. transplant centers. Our average liver transplant operation now lasts only four hours and we extubate patients immediately after surgery in most cases. Short operating times, decreased use of blood products, and early extubation have led to fewer days in the intensive care unit – the average is two days – and a decrease in the total length of hospitalization. Additionally, after liver transplantation at Ochsner, the median hospital stay is only seven days. More recently, patients have been discharged as early as the fourth postoperative day.
After transplantation, all patients are followed closely at Ochsner. We take pride in creating an environment that supports the needs of our patients and their families. Onsite lodging is available at the Brent House, our full service hotel. Affordable, apartment-style accommodations are also available for patients and their families who are far from home. Each apartment is furnished, has a full kitchen and is located within walking distance of the hospital. This type of long-term care is a collaborative effort between the Ochsner team and the referring physician.
The Ochsner Liver Transplant Team features a highly-experienced group of transplant surgeons, hepatologists, coordinators, social workers, medical sub-specialists, pediatric subspecialists and a variety of ancillary care providers specialized in the care and management of patients with complex hepatobiliary diseases. And Ochsner remains the only Medicare-approved liver transplant program in New Orleans and a Center of Excellence for many insurers.
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