Living donor liver transplantation can be an alternative to deceased donor liver transplantation
A living donor liver transplant may be an option to any person who is presently on the liver transplant waiting list. Living donor liver transplantation offers immediate organ availability and is a planned operation, which can avoid the progression of the recipient's disease and its life threatening complications, such as ascites and encephalopathy and patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma.
Living donor liver transplantation requires an operation to remove a portion of a healthy person's liver and put it into a person who has a sick liver.
Living donor liver transplant benefits include:
- A living donor liver is the best quality liver
- A living donor transplant will eliminate the long wait time on the national deceased donor waiting list
- Living donation maximizes the chance for a recipient to receive a transplant before a recipient’s condition dramatically worsens
- The surgery can be timed for optimal health of the recipient and for donor convenience