At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine, we have a deep commitment to compassionate personal care and clinical innovation. Our physicians and surgeons have a great deal of expertise but we offer an experience where the doctors take the time to explain conditions, procedures, treatments and alternatives. Liver disease and surgery can be frightening and confusing. Our entire team is here to ensure that you are confident that you are getting the best care in the world.
Liver transplantation surgically replaces a failing or diseased liver with one that is normal and healthy. At this time, transplantation is the only cure for liver insufficiency or liver failure because no device or machine reliably performs all of the functions of the liver. The liver is a vital organ, meaning that one cannot live without it. The liver serves many critical functions including metabolism of drugs and toxins, removing degradation products of normal body metabolism (for example clearance of ammonia and bilirubin from the blood), and synthesis of many important proteins and enzymes (such as factors necessary for blood to clot).
People who require liver transplants typically have one of the following conditions: