We were one of the first transplant centers in the nation to offer transplant surgery between two living adults, a procedure commonly called living organ donation. We’ve performed more than 100 adult-to-adult living donor liver transplants since 1996.
What happens during living liver transplant surgery?
In living liver donor surgery, the donor and the recipient are placed in side-by-side operating rooms. A surgeon removes a part of the donor’s liver, typically the right half. This donated segment of the liver is then immediately placed in the recipient in the next operating room.
The remaining part of the donor’s liver is sufficient to maintain normal body functions. The recipient receives a large enough segment of the donor liver to maintain body functions as well.
During approximately the next two months, the remaining and transplanted parts of the donor liver grow to normal size, providing normal long-term liver function for the donor and the recipient.
Can I be a living liver donor?
Living donors must be over the age of 18 and under the age of 55. Potential donors must be in excellent medical and psychological health. Most donors are family members (spouse, parent, sibling, son, daughter, nephew, niece) of the recipient or a very close personal friend.
If you’ve decided to be a living liver donor, a series of psychological and medical tests must be performed to determine if you are an eligible candidate.