What Happens in the Liver and Intestine Transplant Clinic?
We are committed to providing optimal growth and quality of life for your child. The Liver and Intestine Transplant Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital provides support and follow-up services, including education and counseling, for all of our patients and their families.
Your child will visit the clinic for most appointments before and after the transplantation. The transplantation surgery will also be performed at Seattle Children's.
Whom Will We See in the Transplant Clinic?
Your child will be cared for by the same team of doctors, nurses and specialists before, during and after the transplantation. Our team of specialists includes:
Pediatric transplant surgeons
Doctors who perform transplant operations on children
Doctors who care for children with diseases of the liver
Doctors who care for children who have severe problems with their digestive systems
Doctors who give children medicine to sleep during surgery
Licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision
Advanced registered nurse practitioners
Nurses with master's degrees who take primary responsibility for the care of their patients
Registered nurse coordinators
Nurses who coordinate whom your child will see during clinic visits
Ensure your child gets the nutrition they need for growth and development
Prepare medications prescribed by doctors and tell you about a medicine's purpose, effectiveness and side effects
Help families understand and address the emotional and practical aspects of medical care
Child life specialists
Work with patients and families to help reduce anxiety, develop positive coping skills and adjust to the hospital experience; also provide information about play, child development and adjustments to illness
Schedule visits and help patients and families manage insurance coverage and finances