In some cultures, the liver is associated with courage. In the Gulf South, many patients are finding both courage and leading-edge, life-saving care at the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute.
#1 in the Nation for Liver Transplants by Carechex
For five years in a row, Ochsner has been recognized as #1 in the nation for liver transplants by CareChex. We also performed more liver transplants than any other transplant center in the country between 2012 and 2016.
Ochsner has the only pediatric liver transplant program in the state of Louisiana. To date, our surgeons have performed more than more than 2,000 adult and pediatric liver transplants – 215 last year alone. This makes Ochsner the most experienced liver transplant center in the Gulf South.
Our Medicare-approved liver transplant program is a Center of Excellence for many insurers. What’s more, our patients experience shorter wait times, reduced transplant surgery times and shorter hospital stays than the national average. In addition, our liver transplant survival rate is better than the national average.
Ochsner's liver transplant patients have better one-year survival rates than the national average
Lengthening Lives with Shorter Wait Times
The most recent median wait time for a liver transplant surgery at Ochsner is two months compared to 16 months nationwide. We work with organ procurement organizations all over the country to increase the number of liver allografts transplanted and to save the lives of patients waiting on our list.
Liver Transplant Waiting List Outcomes Tool
This tool from SRTR (Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients) was created to help patients in need of a liver transplant understand the experiences of patients on a liver transplant program's waiting list.
With Experience Comes Confidence
Ochsner surgeons take on some of the most difficult cases in liver transplant, including retransplantation, transplant of obese recipients and transplantation of patients with portal vein thrombosis.
What’s more, our surgeons are experienced in split liver transplants, reduced-size liver transplants and living donor liver transplantation in both adults and children.
The Team Approach
At Ochsner, we truly function as a team made up of physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, financial coordinators and other healthcare providers. Your transplant coordinator will be there for you whenever you need her, walking you through the process every step of the way.
For the convenience of our patients, we schedule pre-transplant medical, psychosocial and financial consultations all on the same day. And after transplantation, Ochsner closely monitors all patients. We take pride in creating an environment that supports the needs of our patients and their families.
Our hepatologists are leading the nation with cutting-edge clinical research, including treatment of viral hepatitis that allows many patients to avoid transplantation altogether. You’ll always find the most advanced treatment options at Ochsner.
What Referring Physicians Need to Know
The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute provides consistent follow-up information to all referring physicians via written correspondence. You’ll be kept abreast of initial clinic visits, surgery, hospital discharge and routine follow-up visits to the clinic. After surgery, our team continues to monitor for transplant-related complications and regulates maintenance immunosuppression.
To refer a patient for transplant, call our 24-hour Referral Hotline: 1-800-643-1635 or email referrals to: LiverTransplant@Ochsner.org.