Medical City Fort Worth’s Transplant Institute recently opened a Comprehensive Liver Center, offering a full spectrum of services for patients with advanced liver disease, liver cancer and hepatopancreaticobiliary diseases.
As part of this program, Medical City Fort Worth is now also performing liver transplants. The hospital’s first liver transplant patient, Leslie Nance of Carrollton, says she feels “fantastic.”
“For the first time in several years, I feel I do have a future,” Nance said recently. “Everybody at Medical City Fort Worth has been so friendly and caring. They really care about you, and it makes a difference in your recovery. I can’t tell you how grateful I am.”
“We were able to accomplish a full evaluation for Ms. Nance and place her on the transplant list within 48 hours of her admission to our liver program,” says multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeon Sameh A. Fayek, MD, surgical director of liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at Medical City Fort Worth. “I’m so grateful for the expertise and commitment of all of our liver program team members to make transplant miracles happen for patients like Ms. Nance.”
“The process of liver transplantation takes tremendous coordination, planning and training,” says John Corbeil, COO of Medical City Fort Worth. “In the operating room, our multidisciplinary medical team performs like an orchestra, with Dr. Fayek as the conductor.”
Medical City Fort Worth received approval in January 2017 from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to perform liver transplants. The Comprehensive Liver Center team includes experienced transplant surgeons, hepatologists and other staff who are specially trained in working with patients with liver disease.
“The Comprehensive Liver Center also complements our rapidly growing, successful kidney transplant program at Medical City Fort Worth that has posted superb outcomes and has one of the shortest wait times in the United States for a patient to receive a kidney,” Corbeil adds.
Liver transplantation is often the clinical intervention of choice for patients with end-stage liver disease, regardless of its cause, including hepatitis C, alcoholic cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, substance toxicity or others. Liver transplantation is also a treatment option for patients with certain liver cancers.
More information about the Comprehensive Liver Center program is available at MedicalCityFortWorth.com/Transplant. Patients and physicians may email to Liver.Referral@MedicalCityHealth.com or phone 817-834-8500.