A liver transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. The liver may come from a deceased donor or from a living donor. Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may be able to donate a portion of their liver. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. Individuals who donate a portion of their liver can live healthy lives with the remaining liver, which grows back to its full size.
An entire liver (from a deceased donor) may be transplanted, or just a section. Because the liver is the only organ in the body able to regenerate, a transplanted portion of a liver can grow to normal capacity within weeks.
The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation is one of only a few programs offering living donor liver transplantation. If you are considering becoming a living in order to facilitate a transplant for a loved one, please see our pages on living donor living transplant.