Living Donor Liver Transplantation

What is living-donor liver transplantation?

Living-donor transplantation is surgery in which a portion of a donor's healthy liver is removed and then transplanted into a patient with end-stage liver disease. During the transplant, either the right lobe or the left lobe of the donor's liver is removed from the donor and implanted in the recipient. The portion of the donor liver selected depends on the size of the donor and recipient and the blood supply to the liver. Both segments (the remaining section of the donor's liver, and the portion received by the patient) will regenerate and grow to fit the needs of each individual.

This procedure is made possible by the liver's unique ability to regenerate. After transplantation, the partial livers of both the donor and recipient will grow and remodel to form complete organs.

The living donor may be an adult not directly related to the recipient, or a family member. The donor is carefully evaluated by the transplant team to ensure the donation would harm neither donor nor recipient.

The Procedure

The living donor may be an adult not directly related to the recipient, or a family member. The donor is carefully evaluated by the transplant team to ensure the donation would harm neither donor nor recipient.

For the transplant, either the right lobe or the left lobe of the donor's liver is removed from the donor and implanted in the recipient. The portion of the donor liver selected depends on the size of the donor and recipient and the blood supply to the liver. Both segments (the remaining section of the donor's liver, and the portion received by the patient) will regenerate and grow to fit the needs of each individual. Click here to learn about living donor transplantation and becoming a living donor.

About the National Living Donor Assistance Center

The National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC), established by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides financial assistance to those who want to donate an organ. The program covers travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses incurred by the donor and/or accompanying person(s) as part of:

  1. Donor evaluation, clinic visit or hospitalization,
  2. Hospitalization for the living donor surgical procedure, and/or
  3. Medical or surgical follow-up clinic visit or hospitalization within 90 days following the living donation procedure.

The program will pay for a total of up to five trips; three for the donor and two for accompanying persons. The accompanying persons need not be the same each trip. Priority is given to individuals not otherwise able to afford the travel and subsistence expenses associated with living organ donation.

To learn more see: http://www.livingdonorassistance.org/