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Living-Donor Liver Transplants

Don’t Wait for a Life-Saving 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. However, by identifying a suitable living donor, you can stop waiting and get out of line now.

Don’t Wait for a Life-Saving 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 and every moment spent on the waiting list is critical. That’s why early evaluation for a living-donor liver transplant is so important.

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.

At UPMC, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., we believe that living donation is a first line option for patients on the liver transplant waiting list. 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.

Learn more about the benefits and risks of living-liver donation.

Call 833-683-3555 for more information.

UPMC Living Donor Champion Program

At UPMC, we understand that asking someone to be your living donor can be an overwhelming challenge. We provide support and resources for patients who are working to find a living donor.

The UPMC Living Donor Champion Program is designed to help you:

  • Learn more about who can become your living donor
  • Speak to your family and friends about living donation and your need to find a donor
  • Identify resources and strategies for finding a suitable living donor

To learn more about the UPMC Living Donor Champion Program, please visit UPMC.com/LivingDonorChampion.

Why Choose UPMC’s Liver Transplant Program

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pa., the UPMC Liver Transplant Program is one of the oldest and largest in the United States allowing us to treat some of the most complex cases. As transplant pioneers, UPMC leads the nation in living-donor liver transplants.

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. Call 833-683-3555 for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Living Donation

How does a living-donor liver transplant work?
During a living-donor liver transplant, a healthy adult can donate a portion of their liver to someone with end-stage liver disease. The liver has the unique ability to regenerate, or grow back, in both the donor and the recipient in just a few months.

Who can be a living donor?
Living donors will undergo an extensive transplant evaluation before being allowed to donate. A potential living donor must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-55
  • Be in good mental and physical health
  • Have an unselfish desire to help someone in need

How can I find a living donor?

At UPMC, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., we provide support and resources for patients who are working to find a living donor. The UPMC Living Donor Champion Program is designed to help you:

  • Learn more about who can become your living donor
  • Speak to your family and friends about living donation and your need to find a donor
  • Identify resources and strategies for finding a suitable living donor

Living-Donor Liver Donation Q&A with Dr. Ganesh, Medical Director of the UPMC Living Donor Program.

Benefits of a Living-Donor Liver Transplant

Prior to a living-donor liver transplant, both the potential recipient and living donor are carefully evaluated to make sure that living donation is safe and the best possible treatment option. Benefits of a living-donor liver transplant include:

  • Little or no wait time
  • Faster recovery time
  • Improved long-term outcomes
  • Living donors receive the benefit of knowing that they have made a life-changing impact on another person’s life

Living-donor liver transplants reduce time spent on the liver transplant waiting list. Patients who receive a living-donor transplant can get out of line because they have identified a suitable living donor, such a family member or friend.

Understanding the Liver Transplant Waiting List and the Benefits of Living Donation.

Make an appointment today and learn about living donation 833-683-3555.

Why Choose UPMC’s Liver Transplant Program

  • Located in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pa., the UPMC Liver Transplant Program is one of the oldest and largest in the United States allowing us to treat some of the most complex cases.
  • UPMC leads the nation in living-donor liver transplants.
  • We discuss living donation 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. Call 833-683-3555 for more information.

Join the Conversation About Living Donor Transplants

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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.

At UPMC, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., we believe that living donation is a first line option for patients on the liver transplant waiting list. 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.

Learn more about the benefits and risks of living-liver donation.

Call 833-683-3555 for more information. 

UPMC Concierge Program

We understand that traveling to Pittsburgh for a living-donor liver transplant may seem a bit overwhelming. The UPMC Care Connect Concierge Program is committed to providing support to you and your family before, during, and after your living donor transplant.

In addition to being your main point of contact through the transplant process, your personal concierge will provide:

  • Travel and hotel accommodations
  • Transportation to and from the airport and UPMC Montefiore
  • A personal escort to appointments within UPMC Montefiore

To learn more about the Care Concierge Program, please visit our website.

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. Call 833-683-3555 for more information. 

Join the Conversation About Living Donor Transplants

To learn more about living donor transplant, follow us on Facebook today.