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200th Liver Transplant Performed at UK

Contact: Amanda White

 

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Liver transplant is the surgical procedure in which a liver from a donor is placed in the body of a patient whose liver is no longer functioning well. While liver transplants were first performed in the 1960s, it was not until the 1980s that the surgery became safe enough to offer to large numbers of patients. Liver transplant is the best treatment for most patients with liver failure and/or cirrhosis.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2003) -- After eight years of performing liver transplant surgeries, University of Kentucky Hospital recently marked a milestone – its 200th liver transplant.

UK’s liver transplant program is recognized nationally by the United Network of Organ Sharing and the University Hospital Consortium for maintaining excellent outcomes. The program has survival rates in excess of 85 percent, matching or exceeding national standards.

UK Hospital established its liver transplant program in 1995, and the first transplant was performed on July 11 that year by Dinesh Ranjan, M.D., associate professor of surgery, UK College of Medicine, and director of the liver and pancreas transplant programs. The 200th surgery was performed by Ranjan and Thomas Johnston, M.D., associate professor of surgery, UK College of Medicine, and director of the transplant clinic and kidney transplantation.

Patients receiving liver transplant do not have to worry about the constant threat of complications of advanced liver disease and can go back to being productive members of society.

"Our patients are the recipients of precious gifts from donor families, and we are fortunate to be able to make transplant miracles happen for the citizens of the Commonwealth and the Appalachian region,” Ranjan said.

Liver transplant is the surgical procedure in which a liver from a donor is placed in the body of a patient whose liver is no longer functioning well. While liver transplants were first performed in the 1960s, it was not until the 1980s that the surgery became safe enough to offer to large numbers of patients. Liver transplant is the best treatment for most patients with liver failure and/or cirrhosis.

The UK transplant team consists of doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, financial counselors, and other health care professionals who work together to care for patients throughout the transplant process.

To learn more about the liver transplant program at UK, call (859) 323-4661 to speak with a member of the transplant team.


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