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Transplant Anesthesia

At Geisinger, all members of our transplant anesthesia team have been trained at major transplantation centers and have extensive experience and expertise in these procedures. The anesthesia team works closely with the transplant surgeon and all the medical professionals involved in the transplantation process to ensure the highest quality of care and coordination for positive postoperative recovery.

Types of transplants performed include:

  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Living donor
  • Nonliving donor

Every transplant patient is evaluated by an anesthesiologist before surgery. For living donor transplantation, patients are seen several days before surgery, while recipients for urgent, nonliving donor transplants are evaluated on the day of surgery. Liver transplant recipients, however, are frequently evaluated during their pre-transplant clinic visit.

Risks for anesthesia and surgery include the patient’s physical status, any coexisting diseases, previous surgeries and type of transplanted organ. To minimize risk, advanced monitoring measures are used. Transfusion of blood products is frequently required for transplant procedures, especially for liver transplantation, due to the likelihood of compromised coagulation. Kidney transplant patients can typically recover in a hospital room, while other patients, especially liver transplant patients, will require postoperative intensive care.