Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Living Donor Liver Transplant

Living donor liver transplant offers an alternative to waiting for a deceased donor liver. Its main benefit is timeliness because it decreases the risk of complications and death while waiting for a match. For both patient survival and liver function, Global Hospitals India scores above the national average at one year post-transplant.
All liver transplant candidates undergo a similar evaluation whether they are considered for deceased donor liver or living donor liver transplantation. People who have progressive diseases and disorders can benefit from the timeliness of a living donor liver transplant, including those with: Liver tumors, Bile duct tumors, Cholestatic liver disease and Highly symptomatic patients with low priority for transplantation.
Potential donors undergo Health evaluation, Social and psychological screening, Anatomical assessment. The donor's liver size and unique anatomy, including placement of blood vessels and bile ducts, must be favorable for donation. The transplant team counsels and supports recipients, potential donors and families through every phase of the process.
The living donor's liver regenerates to full size within a few weeks of the surgery, and there is no long-term impairment of liver function. The transplanted liver portion also regenerates, increasing until it's the appropriate size for the recipient’s body.
The donor spends about a week in the hospital recovering, and should plan for two to three months off work. For the recipient, post-transplant care and follow-up is the same as for deceased donor liver transplant.
Adult-to-child living donor liver transplantation uses the left lateral portion of the adult donor's liver. The procedure has been proven safe and effective, and has helped reduce the number of children who die awaiting liver transplant. Although living donor liver transplant has been proven safe and effective for both donor and recipient, it is a major operation and not without risk.  The donor is also at risk for temporary problems related to the surgical incision and the possibility of blood clots following the operation. However, the great majority of donors have recovered completely within a few months of their operations.

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