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Additional Resources (Liver Donation Surgery)

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Presentation: Liver Donation Evaluation
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It's important that you have all of your questions and concerns addressed before you decide whether or not to be evaluated as a possible liver donor.
To help you make the best decision, in addition to your transplant team, a doctor who is NOT part of the transplant team will be available to you. He or she will examine you and talk to you about the tests you will need to have done, and how the transplant process may affect you physically and emotionally. This person is called an "advocate doctor."
Be sure to talk openly and honestly with the advocate doctor and the transplant team about the evaluation. They all want you to make the decision that's right for you, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Hospital chaplains are also available to offer spiritual counseling to those wanting this extra support. Many medical centers also have other resources such as support teams of social workers and other professionals that work specifically with people thinking about donating an organ.
Brochures about organ donation, including liver transplants, can be found on the American Society of Transplantation website at www.a-s-t.org.
For more information you can also visit the United Network for Organ Sharing (or UNOS) website at www.unos.org.
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, or OPTN, also has a website. It can be found at www.optn.org.

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