The liver transplant surgery is scheduled. Your child may be admitted to Children’s at Egleston the afternoon before the liver transplant surgery.
- If your child is sick, the transplant surgery will be cancelled.
- If another emergency occurs, the surgery may be postponed. This includes if the donor is ill.
The pediatric-trained anesthesiologist will come to your child’s room to discuss his allergies and types of anesthesia. An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who takes care of your child’s body functions during surgery. Anesthesia is medicine that allows your child to be in a deep sleep so he cannot see, hear or feel anything, not even pain.
The pediatric liver transplant surgeon will talk to you about your child’s liver transplant surgery. You will be asked to sign a consent form for the liver transplant surgery after the pediatric transplant surgeon has explained the liver transplant surgery and its possible risks.
The pediatric liver transplant surgery will take place.
- The liver transplant surgery may take from four to 12 hours.
- During the liver transplant surgery, there is a room for you and your family to wait.
- The Children’s Liver Transplant coordinator, an operating room (OR) nurse or a child life specialist will give you updates about your child.
- The pediatric liver transplant surgeon will talk to you after your child’s liver transplant surgery.
- If you need to leave the hospital, please tell your child’s liver transplant coordinator. Be sure to leave a number where you can be reached.
Immediately after liver transplant surgery, the child will go to the Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
- Your child will be sleepy from the anesthesia (a medicine that puts your child to sleep during surgery) for up to several days.
- Your child will have IVs (tubes that deliver medicine through his veins) and a Foley catheter (a small, flexible tube that drains urine from the bladder) to measure his urine. The catheter will stay in place for several days to check his urine output.
- Your child may stay in the Children’s PICU for two to three days.
- The Children’s Liver Transplant team and the Children’s PICU staff will take care of your child after the liver transplant surgery.
After a few days, your child will be taken to a patient care area.
- The nurses and staff will help your child recover and prepare him to go home.
- Your child can usually go home about seven to 14 days after the liver transplant surgery.
- The Children’s Liver Transplant coordinator and nursing staff will teach you how to care for your child at home.
The Donor’s Surgery
Once the donor evaluation is complete, the donor’s liver transplant surgery is scheduled at the Emory Transplant Center.
The Emory liver transplant coordinator will give the donor information about preregistration and tell the donor when to stop eating and drinking the day before the liver transplant surgery.
The donor will be admitted to the Emory Transplant Center.
The liver transplant surgery will take place the following morning and may take from three to eight hours.
After the liver transplant surgery, the donor will recover at the Emory Transplant Center.