During the liver transplant procedure at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, your child will be asleep with general anesthesia throughout the surgery. Once asleep, the transplant surgeon will make an incision (cut) shaped like a boomerang on the upper part of the belly.
The surgical team will then remove the patient's old liver, leaving portions of major blood vessels in place. The new liver is put in its place, and the team connects the new liver's blood vessels to the patient's blood vessels.
The new liver's bile ducts are connected to the patient's intestines. The surgeons check the connections to make sure they are not leaking. The incision is closed using special surgical thread or staples.