The numbers are staggering. Although more than 15,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant, only 5,000 deceased donor livers are available for transplant each year. That means only one third of those on the waiting list get a liver. But there is hope for patients on the waiting list.
Living-donor liver transplant is a life-saving procedure that gives hope to adults and children waiting for a liver transplant. UPMC, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leader in the field of transplantation and is one of the largest and most experienced transplant centers to offer living-donor liver transplantation. Living-donor liver transplants offer many life-saving advantages for both the donor and the recipient.
Life-saving transplants would not be possible without selfless donors. With a living-donor liver transplant, a donor can give a portion of his or her liver, and it will regenerate, or grow back, in months.
To be a living donor, a person must: