The liver is the largest solid organ in your body and one of the most important.
The liver helps digest food, and removes waste and worn out cells from your blood. It stores a host of nutrients – proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals – until your body needs them.
Infections, contaminated food or blood and toxins (like alcohol or cleaning fumes) can damage the liver, sometimes beyond repair. If your physician has told you that a liver transplant is necessary, speak with him or her about a referral to a Geisinger transplant specialist.
Another Geisinger “first”
In 2008, Geisinger Medical Center became the first hospital in Pennsylvania to receive Medicare approval for liver transplants under the program’s new, strict conditions. That means that all Medicare patients are covered for the procedure and do not have to travel to Philadelphia or New York for their care.
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