Living Donor Liver Transplant offers an attractive alternative to deceased-donor organ transplantation. You may have a shorter waiting period and equal or improved life expectancy with a living-donor transplant. Living Donor Liver Transplant is possible from a living donor who is a close relative of the recipient who can donate part of his/her liver. The donor operation is entirely safe and the donated part of liver quickly regenerates in both the donor and the recipient within a few weeks. In the first few days after operation even when regeneration is not complete, the half liver is enough to maintain normal donor functions due to the immense reserve in the liver.
Who can donate:
- The person must be a close relative.
- The person must donate of his/her own free will.
- The person should be between 18-55 years.
- The donor and recipient blood group must be compatible.
- Part of the donor liver must be enough in volume for the recipient.
- The suitability of the donor in the above respects and other detailed medical evaluations is determined by the multi-disciplinary team .
- Donar should not have major co-morbidities
- Donar should not be Pregnant.
Facts about liver donation surgery
- Modern liver cutting techniques using CUSA have made it safe and blood less
- Normal liver has immense reserve – nearly 70% of liver can be safely removed although much less is removed
- Normal liver grows back very quickly – it can be restored to normal size after removal of half the liver in just 2 weeks