Pediatric Liver Transplant Steps

The Liver Transplant team will discuss each step with you, your child and your family.

Step 1
Your child’s doctor refers him to Children’s. Your child’s doctor must state your child’s medical need for a liver transplant.

Step 2
You must get approval for your child’s pre-transplant evaluation from your insurance company. A pre-transplant evaluation is a series of tests. These tests help the Children’s Liver Transplant team decide if a liver transplant is the best option for your child. The Children’s Liver Transplant team will help you through this process. If you do not have insurance, our financial counselor will work with you to set up a payment plan.

Step 3
Call to schedule your child’s pre-transplant evaluation with the Children’s Liver Transplant coordinator.

Step 4
Your child has a pre-transplant evaluation at Children’s at Egleston. This will be a one- or two-day outpatient visit.

Step 5
Based on the evaluation, the Liver Transplant pediatric surgeon and team will decide if a liver transplant is the best option for your child. 

  • If your child meets all of the standards from the pre-transplant evaluation, your child’s name is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing list.
  • During this time, the Children’s Liver Transplant team will decide if there are living donors who might be a good match for your child.
  • If a person wants to be a living donor, the donor should call the Children’s Liver Transplant coordinator. The Children’s Liver Transplant team will not contact a donor unless asked to do so.

Step 6
If there is no living donor, your child waits to be matched with a liver from the UNOS list.

Step 7
If there is a living donor, the donor’s surgery is scheduled at the Emory Transplant Center. Your child’s liver transplant surgery will take place at Children’s at Egleston.

Step 8
Your child has his liver transplant surgery. He will stay in the hospital for about 21 days.

Step 9
Your child will receive follow-up care at Children’s at Egleston.