What is a living donor liver transplantation via laparoscopy?

The program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia is the only one in the country to perform living donor liver transplantation via laparoscopy in select donors. We have used this approach to perform living donor liver transplantation from an adult to a child, and we are working to expand this program to adult-to-adult transplants. The benefits of the laparoscopic approach for the donor include:

- smaller incision and reduced recovery time – from 4-8 weeks to just 2-3 weeks
- less pain and fatigue
- decreased use of analgesia
- reduced risk of complications
- faster recovery of the donor and reduced stress on the family

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