Liver Transplant

Certain chronic (long-term) and acute (sudden) medical conditions can cause your liver to stop working. This is called liver failure. And while liver failure can be a serious threat to your health, a liver transplant can offer hope for a fuller, longer life.

At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Surgery Institute, our surgeons regularly and successfully perform liver transplants on patients with complex conditions. We use innovative treatments, including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), to help make liver transplant an option for more patients with liver cancer. 

Liver transplantation at AHN: Why choose us?

Based at Allegheny General Hospital, our dedicated transplant team offers comprehensive liver transplant care that’s personalized to your needs. Our multidisciplinary specialists work together to make lifesaving liver transplant possible for as many patients as possible.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Transplant expertise: Our transplant surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained, which requires years of intensive study of complex topics relating to medical and transplant care. This training ensures they can perform liver transplant surgeries safely and effectively.
  • Care for complex cases: Our transplant surgeons successfully perform intricate transplant procedures on sicker patients. Almost half of our patients have higher risks, with many requiring intensive care at the time of transplantation.
  • Tailored approach: We look at the big picture of your health when making decisions about your care. Considering the details of our patients’ health and circumstances helps us match them with organs that are more likely to offer the most long term benefits.
  • Convenience: Our transplant clinic at Allegheny General Hospital offers a one-stop-shop for transplant care. You can see several members of your care team, including liver specialists and social workers, during one visit. This approach saves you time during the evaluation process and ensures comprehensive follow-up care after your transplant. 

Causes of liver failure we treat

Our care teams carefully evaluate your condition and circumstances before they decide if liver transplantation is right for you. Our surgeons perform liver transplant surgeries to successfully treat several conditions that may lead to liver failure, including:

  • Cirrhosis, when a condition (such as hepatitis C or alcoholic liver disease) damages the liver slowly over a long period of time
  • Acute liver failure, which happens suddenly due to a serious infection or illness
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer
  • Liver dysfunction due to other causes, such as a genetic disorder