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Living-Donor Liver Transplant

If you, or someone you love, has been diagnosed with liver disease and is waiting for a life-saving liver transplant, the wait may take years allowing your disease to progress and your health to decline until it could be too late. 

However, with a living-donor liver transplant​, the person who could save your life might be closer than you think.

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.​

Benefits of Living Donation

Living-donor liver transplants help to reduce time spent on the transplant waiting list and allow you to receive a transplant sooner – getting you back to enjoying life with your family and loved ones.

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

Finding a Living Donor

Talk to your family and friends about living donation today. And remember, living donors do not have to be relatives. 

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

Why Choose UPMC’s Liver Transplant Program

Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., the UPMC Liver Transplant Program is part of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and is one of the oldest and largest in the United States allowing us to treat some of the most complex cases. When it comes to living-donor liver transplants, we are one of the top and most experienced programs in the country. 

At UPMC, we believe in the life-saving power of living donation so we discuss it with every patient being evaluated for a liver transplant even if you have been deemed high-risk and have been turned down for a transplant at another center. ​

​If you or your potential donor do not live near Pittsburgh, Family House​ offers affordable lodging for liver transplant patients, potential donors, and family members.​​

Join the Conversation About Living Donor Transplants

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