The operation: Paediatric liver transplantation

The operation that will be shown at ISCOMS 2020 is a paediatric partial liver transplantation from an adult, living donor. Liver transplant surgeon Vincent de Meijer will explain the surgical anatomy in relation to the transplant procedure.

Liver transplantation is a lifesaving therapy for patients suffering from end stage liver disease. The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is the largest transplant centre in the Netherlands and is the only centre performing paediatric liver transplantation.

Liver transplantation is a multidisciplinary treatment in which a team of specialists work closely together. To ensure optimal patient outcome, organ-specific knowledge in terms of both physiology and anatomy is essential. In addition, knowledge about donor management and optimisation, donor organ preservation, post-transplantation (ICU) management and quality of life are all relevant aspects that require continuous research and development. The impact of the transplantation on paediatric liver transplant recipients and their parents/caretakers is enormous. Their quality of life as well as their life expectancy increases substantially after the transplantation.

If you want to know more about paediatric liver transplantation, you can attend the ISCOMS operation on Friday the 5th of June.