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What are advantages of having living liver donation instead of getting a liver from a donor who's died?

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There are some key reasons you might want this type of transplant instead of getting a liver from a donor who has died:

  • The waiting time for a new organ is much shorter.
  • Recovery is quicker.
  • The transplant can sometimes be done early enough in your disease so that you can avoid serious liver disease. And when you're healthier, the surgery is easier to do.
  • Your body is less likely to reject your new liver, especially if the donor is your relative.
  • The new liver usually lasts longer.
  • You can schedule the surgery for a time that's good for you and the donor.

From: What Is Living Liver Donation? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Transplant."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

Columbia University Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living Donor Living Transplantation FAQs."

American Transplant Foundation: "Living Liver Donation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Treatments and Procedures -- Liver Transplantation."

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: "Live Donor Liver Transplant."

Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center: "What You Need to Know About Adult Living Donor

Liver Transplantation -- A Patient Guide."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Liver Transplant."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Living Liver Donation Surgery."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center: "Living Donor Liver Surgery."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Transplant."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

Columbia University Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living Donor Living Transplantation FAQs."

American Transplant Foundation: "Living Liver Donation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Treatments and Procedures -- Liver Transplantation."

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: "Live Donor Liver Transplant."

Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center: "What You Need to Know About Adult Living Donor

Liver Transplantation -- A Patient Guide."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Liver Transplant."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Living Liver Donation Surgery."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center: "Living Donor Liver Surgery."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

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