Mayo Clinic's approach
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At Mayo Clinic, a team of surgeons, doctors, transplant nurses and other health professionals take care of you before, during and after transplant.
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- Teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, a team of surgeons, doctors, transplant nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other health professionals take care of you before, during and after transplant. They provide quality care focused on the needs of you and your family.
- Coordinated care. Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and your transplant care team works together to determine what's best for you.
- Experience. As a three-site institution, Mayo Clinic has one of the largest liver transplant programs in the United States. Its liver transplant team is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in comprehensive specialty treatment for people with serious liver conditions.
- Advanced technology. The innovations and technology of Mayo Clinic's liver transplant team make transplants available to more people. Our doctors and surgeons offer specialized procedures available at only a small number of institutions. These services include heart-liver transplants, treatment for bile duct cancer, and treatment for obese patients who need liver transplant with weight-loss surgery (sleeve gastrectomy).
Research. Researchers at Mayo Clinic are actively engaged in developing new technologies, treatments and techniques to make transplants safer and available to more people. For example, Mayo Clinic researchers study how to limit immune system rejection after liver transplant and how to use cell therapies to improve outcomes.
At Mayo Clinic, you may have access to ongoing clinical trials, research and new treatments.
Care team roles
Health care professionals trained in many medical specialties work together as a team to ensure favorable outcomes from your liver transplant.
The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.
Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle
Pam Stubbs hadn't felt well in years. But now, thanks to a successful liver transplant at Mayo Clinic, Pam feels better than ever, and she's channeling newfound energy into her passion for horseback riding. Pam Stubbs had felt so bad for so long that she'd forgotten what it was like to feel good. Initially chalking [...]
New Liver, New Outlook
When Brian Gurule learned that a rare disease was the reason for his liver failure, he realized it was a race against time to find a medical center where he could get a transplant. At Mayo Clinic, he received the care he needed to give him a fighting chance. In 2016, Brian Gurule was told [...]
Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant
When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life. After several busy days in the hospital, Melinda Kohlmyer was enjoying a few quiet moments with [...]
Facing Death and Fighting Back
When doctors said there was nothing they could do for his end-stage liver disease, Danny Willis refused to give up. He obtained a lifesaving transplant at Mayo Clinic. And even a near-fatal setback after that couldn't stop him from reclaiming his health. Danny Willis isn't a big fan of superheroes, yet the former Mayo Clinic [...]
Liver and Kidney Transplants Revive Ron Hale's Zest for Life
A host of serious medical problems put Ron Hale on a downward spiral of deteriorating health. But a liver and a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic stopped Ron's decline and dramatically improved his quality of life. Diagnosed with cirrhosis in March 2013, Ron Hale spent several long years coping with declining health and frequent hospitalizations. [...]
For Jim Heinl, Fighting Cancer is a Team Effort
With his wife by his side and a team of experts at Mayo Clinic to help him through, Jim Heinl faced down a cancer recurrence and then went back to a life focused on family. First diagnosed at age 16, Jim Heinl knows full well what it's like to be forced to deal with cancer. [...]
Better Communication Paves the Way for Dramatic Change in Carolyn Ostrout's Health
Plagued by symptoms of cirrhosis and unclear communication, Carolyn Ostrout found her health was failing. But a visit to Mayo Clinic that included working with an American Sign Language interpreter led the way to a liver transplant and dramatic improvement in her health.? February 2017 was a big month for Carolyn and Bruce Ostrout. The [...]
The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop
When Hurricane Matthew blew into the East Coast, the storm brought significant destruction with it. But it couldn't derail Robert Gall's liver transplant and his second chance for a healthy life.? When it struck the United States in October 2016, Hurricane Matthew brought significant destruction and devastation, especially to people along the East Coast. But [...]
Expertise and rankings
Transplant team at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic's three-site Liver Transplant Program is one of the largest in the country.
Each year, Mayo's doctors and surgeons diagnose and treat thousands of people with liver disease. Mayo Clinic's three-site Liver Transplant Program is one of the largest in the country.
Mayo Clinic also has one of the largest living-donor programs in the United States. Living-donor transplant is an option that, for many people, reduces time on the waiting list for a donor liver and improves outcomes.
Mayo Clinic's Liver Transplant Program was established in 1985. Since then, Mayo Clinic has completed more than 6,700 transplants in children and adults. In 2016, Mayo Clinic's Florida campus completed its 3,000th liver transplant, a milestone that very few centers nationwide have achieved.
Innovation and research
The liver transplant teams in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota are leaders and innovators in heart-liver transplants, transplants for people with liver cancer and use of anti-rejection drugs that help ensure positive outcomes.
People with challenging health situations come to Mayo Clinic for help because our doctors and surgeons are experts in specialized liver transplant options.
The Mayo Clinic Transplant Center supports many studies for liver transplant research. For example, Mayo Clinic researchers are developing a bioartificial liver that could help patients cope as they await a donor liver.
Nationally recognized expertise
Liver transplant outcomes at Mayo Clinic compare favorably with the national average.
Volumes and outcomes
Mayo Clinic doctors' experience and integrated team approach results in transplant outcomes that compare favorably with national averages. Teams work with transplant recipients before, during and after surgery to ensure the greatest likelihood of superior results.
Volumes and statistics are maintained separately for the three Mayo Clinic locations. Taken together or separately, transplant recipients at Mayo Clinic enjoy excellent results.
Locations, travel and lodging
The Mayo Clinic Transplant Center offers care and housing for transplant patients and their families in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Liver transplant costs and insurance information
Mayo Clinic has dedicated transplant financial services representatives and social workers who can assist you with insurance and financial questions regarding your transplant.
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. Many insurance companies require you to get preapproval authorization prior to transplant services.
Before your transplant, it's important that you work closely with your insurance company to understand your benefit plan. You'll be responsible for any of your transplant and medical care costs not covered by your insurance company.
You may want to ask your insurance company several questions regarding your transplant expenses, such as:
- What is the specific coverage of my plan? What are my deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, lifetime maximum amount and annual maximum amounts for both medical care and transplant services?
- Does my plan have a pre-existing or waiting period clause? If so, what is the time frame? Can this be waived?
- Does my plan include pharmacy coverage? If so, will my plan cover my current medications and immunosuppressant medications?
- Does my plan require any special approvals for evaluation or transplant? How long does the approval process take once submitted to insurance?
- Does my plan cover my transportation and lodging expenses during my transplant care?
- Does my current insurance require enrollment in Medicare when eligible?
- Does my insurance follow Medicare Coordination of Benefits guidelines?
- How will my current coverage change after enrolling in Medicare? Will my plan become a supplemental or secondary plan?
If your plan is a Medicare supplement, ask questions including:
- Does my plan follow Medicare guidelines?
- Does my plan cover Medicare Part A and B deductible and coinsurance?
- Does my plan have a pre-existing or waiting period? If so, what is the time frame?
- Does my plan offer an option for Medicare Part D coverage?
Please plan for other expenses that may occur related to your transplant, which may include follow-up medical appointments, long-term medications, caregiver expenses, travel, parking, lodging and other expenses.
For international patients
Mayo Clinic has dedicated international patient account representatives who can assist you with questions regarding your costs and insurance. Read more about international financial services.
Mayo Clinic financial staff will work closely with your case managers from your insurance company. Your case manager, who is assigned to you, is available to answer questions and calls related to your insurance costs.
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