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Pediatric transplant surgeons at Children’s Hospital Colorado use every opportunity to place an organ with a child in need – even when the organ available is too large for your child. During a cut-down or segmental liver transplant, transplant surgeons only use a portion of the donor liver for your child. This transplant option allows your child to receive the correct size transplant without having to wait for a whole organ transplant.
At Children’s Colorado, the hospital stay after a liver transplant is 10 to 15 days. After going home from the hospital, your child will see a board certified pediatric transplant hepatologist twice a week until they are fully recovered.
Kids should be fully recovered within four to six weeks and can then return to normal activities. Even as they return to normal activities, your child will continue to see the transplant team several times per year to maintain ideal health. At Children’s Colorado, our goal is to give your child a normal quality of life without experiencing limitations from an organ transplant. This means that they will eat a normal diet, play normally, go to school, and participate in their favorite activities.
Yes, the liver is a regenerative organ; as your child grows, their liver tissue grows with him or her.
When a child has liver disease, often their liver shrinks to less than the normal size and with less than normal function. The new transplanted liver will be a normal amount for their age and size, the right amount of for your child needs.
For more information on live-donor liver transplants, please contact the liver transplant team at 720-777-6011.