Your child’s evaluation will include:
- A review of your child’s medical records and history
- Clinic visits with the transplant team
- A physical exam
- Blood work and diagnostic tests
The evaluation begins with a review of your child’s medical and surgical history. You will then have an office visit with a hepatologist — a doctor who specializes in liver diseases. Your child might see other specialists, depending on your child’s condition.
You will meet with a transplant surgeon, who will explain the surgery and discuss any aspects of your child’s transplant evaluation that may affect the surgery or that may be concerning to the team.
You will also meet other members of the transplant team, such as these people:
- Transplant nurse coordinator
- Nurse practitioner
- Social worker
- Transplant specialist
The team will explain the surgery, donor options and the type of care your child will need after the transplant.
Your child’s transplant nurse coordinator will organize your child’s pre-transplant evaluation. This includes coordinating the tests and consultations needed for a complete evaluation.
Your child’s social worker will help your family and child understand the emotional and practical aspects of transplant. They will help you address your child’s social and emotional needs.
Your transplant specialist will schedule your child’s clinic appointments and help you understand the details of your insurance coverage that relate to transplant. If needed, the transplant specialist and social worker will work together with you to identify additional sources of funding.
The pharmacist will help explain the medicines your child will need after transplantation.
The dietitian will tell you how food and good nutrition can help your child before a transplant. They will explain how your child’s nutritional needs will change after transplant.