Live donor liver transplants are an excellent option for some patients. Because the liver is the only major organ that will regenerate, both the donor and the recipient eventually regrow livers of appropriate size for their individual bodies.The procedure itself, however, is quite demanding for all involved and not unlike the deceased donor transplant operation, has its challenges. For that reason, potential living donors undergo medical and psychosocial testing to rule out any unnecessary risk.The living donor operation has many benefits. Waiting time on the liver transplant list is greatly reduced, if not eliminated. The risk to the donor is not minor. There is a 1 in 200 chance of dying from the donation and a 1 in 3 chance of having some complication short of dying. All surgery has risks and liver donation is a big surgery.
- Q Why could my body reject a transplanted liver?
- Q Do I need to be ready at a moment’s notice for a liver transplant?
- Q What can my family expect while I'm having liver transplant surgery?
- Q How can I thank the family of my liver donor?
- Q Who can be a living liver donor?
- Q How long do liver donors stay in the hospital after surgery?