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How is a liver removed from a living donor?

Depending on which part of the living donor's liver is removed, the incision is either straight up and down, or a four-inch incision at the bikini line. For a full right lobe and left lobe donation, the gallbladder is removed. The donor's liver is carefully split into two segments and one portion is removed for the recipient. The surgeon then closes the incision with self-absorbing sutures. The liver immediately begins to heal and regenerate itself, generally taking six to eight weeks for full regeneration.

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