Liver Transplant Service
The faculty in the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine provides two distinct liver transplant options for patients with end-stage liver disease. The most common liver transplant procedure involves transplantation of a whole liver graft from a deceased brain-dead donor. The second option by the transplant program is a partial liver graft from a living donor (either related or unrelated). The transplant program at the University of Colorado has long-standing experience with both procedures with excellent long-term outcomes.
Hepatobiliary and Minimally Invasive Services
Surgical procedures relating to a broad scope of primary liver tumors and/or cysts are generally undertaken either laparoscopically or open depending on the size and anatomic position of the primary lesion. At present, approximately 50% of liver surgeries performed by the Division of Transplant Surgery are performed laparoscopically. This approach can be converted to an open procedure if necessary. In general, a liver resection may be necessary for both benign and malignant conditions.
Kidney Transplant Service
The kidney transplant service currently provides two options to patients with end-stage renal disease. At present, approximately 50% of our transplant recipients receive a kidney from a deceased donor. The other 50% receive kidneys from living donors both related and unrelated.
Pancreas Transplant Service
Currently, patients with Type I diabetes and end-stage renal disease are potentially eligible for a combined kidney and pancreas transplant. Both organs are generally from the same brain-dead donor. In select cases, previous kidney recipients may be eligible to receive a pancreas transplant after a previously performed kidney transplant.