Transplant Center at Porter

Porter Adventist Hospital

2525 S Downing St
Denver, Colorado 80210

39.6700386, -104.9748195

Latitude: 39.6700386, Longitude: -104.9748195

Transplant Center at Porter

Porter Adventist Hospital

Liver Transplant

Liver Transplant Center at Porter, Program in Denver

The liver transplant program at Porter Adventist Hospital gives patients a second chance at a healthy life through expertise and innovation. Our entire liver transplant team works together for their patients and has the experience and knowledge that will give you the most options and highest level of experience.

Patients and families typically have choices of where to receive their liver transplant and there are differences. The most recent public profile data on Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients shows that our center has a 100% patient survival on transplants. What is even more remarkable is that these results are with 40% of our patients having a MELD score of 31 or greater at transplant. Our patient survival for patients in acute liver failure is also 100%. No other center in the western U.S. has patient survival rates that high. 

  • Most Common Liver Diseases Leading to Liver Transplant

    • Acetaminophen overdose
    • Acute liver failure
    • Cholangitis
      • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis ("PSC")
    • Cirrhosis
      • Laennic's (Alcohol)
      • Crypogenic (unknown cause)
      • Fatty Liver (also called "NASH")
    • Enlarged liver
    • End stage liver disease characterized by variceal hemorrhage or portal hypertension
    • Gastropathy
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis C ("HCV")
  • What You Can Expect

    What to expect during the liver transplant process:

    • Evaluation - The evaluation will involve both testing and meeting with the multidisciplinary transplant team. You will be assigned an RN coordinator to be your guide through this process. During your evaluation, you will meet with the RN coordinator, transplant surgeon, hepatologist, transplant pharmacist, social worker, dietitian and a financial coordinator. The testing includes labs, imaging studies, cardiac testing and pulmonary function tests. After testing is completed, your case is reviewed by a multidisciplinary selection committee to determine your candidacy for transplant. If approved your name would then be placed on the waiting list. The team will explain to you how the wait list works, what a MELD score is, and other things you need to be aware of before your liver transplant procedure.
    • Procedure - Once on the wait list, an RN coordinator will call you when an organ has become available for you. The liver transplant surgery itself usually takes about 3 to 5 hours, and you will be in the ICU after the surgery is complete.
    • Recovery and post-transplant care - The hospital stay after a liver transplant can vary from 10 days to three weeks or more depending on your health at the time of transplant. After being discharged from the hospital, you will have several outpatient clinic appointments per week to closely monitor your recovery.

    During each of these processes you are under the care of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure all your needs are met.