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What is living liver donor transplant?

What is living liver donor transplant?

Living liver donation occurs when a healthy person donates a portion of their liver to a recipient with end-stage liver disease in need of a liver transplant. During the liver donation procedure, the recipient’s diseased liver is removed and replaced with a portion of the healthy donor’s liver. The recipient and donor surgeries are carried out at the same time in different operating rooms. Since a healthy person can expect their liver to regrow to 85–90 percent of its original size within two months, living liver donation is a generous decision some people are willing to make to make to save a life.

How to be a living liver donor

Khalid Mumtaz, MD, MSc, transplant hepatologist at Ohio State, explains the benefits of live donor transplantation and the requirements to be a living liver donor.

Living donor liver transplant vs. whole liver transplant

What are the differences between a live liver donor transplant and the traditional whole liver transplant? Sylvester Black, MD, PhD, transplant surgeon at Ohio State, explains the difference as well as surgery risks and long-term outcomes for both donors and recipients.

Non-medical risks to know about living liver donation

Learn about the non-medical risks associated with being a living liver donor and available resources to help make an informed decision, as explained by Ohio State transplant social worker, Megan Homsy, LISW-S.

Process to become a living liver donor

Learn about the process and evaluation to become a living liver donor from Ohio State transplant living donor coordinator Robin Petersen-Webster, RN, CCTC.

Preparing for a live donor liver transplant

Learn about the process and evaluation for living liver donor transplantation from Ohio State pre-transplant coordinator Rebecca Kovatch, BSN, RN.

Why have an advocate for living liver donation

Independent living donor advocate Dana Mason, MSW, LSW, explains the importance of having a donor advocate assist you in the decision-making process of becoming a living liver donor.

Patient Success Stories

Patient Success Stories

Brothers share a liver in Ohio State's first LLD transplant

Tynan, age 30, diagnosed with PSC received a portion of his brother Max's liver. The two brothers have always been close, sharing a lot in life, and now, a liver.

Evaluation Process

Living Liver Donor Evaluation Process

Living Liver Donor Evaluation Process

Education an donor screenings are two very important components in the living liver donation process. Living liver donors are advised on surgical, medical, financial and emotional risks. They are also thoroughly evaluated to ensure good health and organ function prior to donation.

Here’s what you can expect during your evaluation process:

  • Blood draw to confirm blood type, tissue compatibility and general health
  • Education session with a transplant surgeon and living donor nurse coordinator
  • Evaluation by a transplant surgeon and hepatologist (liver doctor)
  • Consult with a social worker and an independent living donor advocate
  • Chest X-ray and EKG (tests to determine heart and lung health)
  • Radiology/imaging of the liver
  • Any additional testing as needed

Donation Process

Living Liver Donor Process

Living Liver Donor Process

All donation and transplant surgeries are done at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center by our transplant team. If our transplant team clears you as a donor and your recipient has been identified, the surgery will be scheduled within a few weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Living Liver Donor Frequently Asked Questions

Living Liver Donor Frequently Asked Questions

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