The transplant work-up process at UT Southwestern Medical Center begins when a physician refers a patient to our service. If your doctor has referred you to us, our nurse coordinator will set up appointments for you with many specialists on the transplant team to evaluate whether transplantation is an appropriate treatment. These specialists include a social worker, psychologist/psychiatrist, hepatologist, surgeon, dietitian, and financial coordinator.
Most evaluations are conducted on an outpatient basis over two or three days. They include blood and urine tests, a chest X-ray, an echocardiogram and electrocardiogram (EKG), ultrasound, and a CT scan or MRI. A liver biopsy, pulmonary function test, and/or arterial blood gases (ABG) are sometimes also needed to complete an evaluation.
The work-up is designed to:
After the work-up has been completed and you have met with the key members of the transplant team, the case will be presented to the UT Southwestern Medical Center Transplant Selection Committee. Based on the test results and evaluations, the committee will decide if you are an appropriate candidate for transplantation.
The committee may make any of the following recommendations:
You will not be placed on the waiting list until we notify you that you’ve been accepted. You will receive a written letter confirming your status on the waiting list.