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.