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Living-Donor Liver Transplant

Every moment is critical on the liver transplant waiting list, and the wait for a liver transplant may take years. However, the person who could save your life might be closer than you think.

Living-donor liver transplant offer potentially life-saving benefits and help to reduce time spent on the transplant waiting list. 

During a living-donor liver transplant, a healthy adult can donate a portion of their liver to someone with end-stage liver disease. Following the transplant, the donor's liver will regenerate, or grow back, in a few months.

» Read on UPMC HealthBeat: What is Living-Donor Transplant Surgery?

Benefits of Living Donation

  • Little or no wait time. Recipients and donors can schedule surgery at a time that's convenient for both people.
  • Faster recovery time. After the minimally invasive surgery, both recipients and donors often return to their normal, active lives within weeks to months.
  • Improved long-term outcomes. Recipients have better outcomes because their donor's healthy liver is functioning up until the time of transplant.

Finding a Living Donor

It's important to remember that living donors don't have to be relatives.
Potential donors can be:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Other family member
  • Friends
  • Co-workers
  • Anyone else who is willing to help

For more information about how to find a living donor, please visit the Living Donor Champion Toolkit.

» Read on UPMC HealthBeat: Finding a Living Donor Champion

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