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What is living liver donation?

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If you need a new liver because you have severe liver damage from hepatitis C, fatty liver, or some other liver problem, your doctor may suggest a living-donor transplant. You won't have to wait until a liver is ready for you from a donor who's died. Instead, you get your new organ from a healthy, living person -- maybe even someone you know. In this procedure, a surgeon removes only a part of the donor's liver. When it's placed into your body, it can grow to full size in 6 to 8 weeks. The donor's liver grows back in the same amount of time, too.

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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