With the typical wait for a liver transplant ranging from one-and-a half to two years, only one third of those on the waiting list will be able to receive a deceased-donor liver transplant. Living-donor liver transplantation provides a way for patients to overcome the limitations of the waiting list, with improved outcomes compared with deceased-donor liver transplants.
This surgery is made possible by the liver’s unique ability to regenerate, or regrow, in about eight to 10 weeks. While recovery time may vary, most donors are back to baseline health within three months after surgery.
Living-donor liver transplantation provides consistent benefits to patients on the liver transplant waiting list.
Patients who can identify a suitable living donor are able to receive a life-saving transplant sooner and before their health has reached a more debilitating state prior to transplant.
Help your patients learn more about the role of a living donor Champion and resources for finding a living donor. Download our Champion Toolkit.
Through the UPMC Complex Care Connect™ program, UPMC works with hospitals that have an existing liver transplant program and want to provide patients the option of a living-donor liver transplant. Learn more about UPMC Complex Care Connect™.
A new study, published in the Annals of Surgery, highlights the advantages of living-donor liver transplant over deceased donor, including a greater overall survival advantage, a reduced hospital stay, and lower hospital costs. For more information, read the full article.
Hepatologists from the UPMC Center for Liver Diseases discuss the difference living-donor liver transplant has made for their patients and the benefit of having access to this life-saving option. Series topics include: