Living Donor Liver Transplant cost in India | Living Donor Liver Transplantation in Chennai

Monday, July 29, 2019

Living donor liver transplantation

Unlike the kidneys, there is only one liver. Then, how is a living donor liver transplant possible? The answer to this is in the fact that unlike any other organ in the human body, liver has a special characteristic of regenerating itself from a part, which means that if a portion of the liver is removed, the other portion can regrow to the original in a certain span of time. And thus, a portion of liver taken from the donor, can help save a life of another waiting to get a liver transplantation done.

How is a living donor transplant carried out?

Liver transplantation is required when someone is suffering from end-stage liver failure or has a specific kind of liver cancer, to cure which other modes of treatment are of no avail. The patient is put on liver transplant waiting list, to wait for his/her turn to receive a deceased donor’s liver when available. However, living donor transplantation can significantly cut down on this waiting time and help those who’re in urgent need of the transplantation.

Living donor transplantation involves a surgical procedure on the donor, to remove a desired portion of his/her liver and then surgically transplanting the same to replace the damaged liver of the recipient. After the procedure, both the portions of the liver have the capacity to regrow within 6-8 weeks. The liver’s functioning also returns faster in living donor transplants.

Who can be a donor?

Any healthy adult who is willing and gets through a stringent donor evaluation (including counseling, blood tests and medical imaging) can be a donor.

Suitable donor:

18-55 year old adult (for donation to a child upper limit can be 60 years), who,

  • Does not have any existing medical conditions
  • Is not an avid smoker, does not do recreational drugs
  • Physically and psychologically fit and strong for surgery

How much of the liver part is safe to donate and help save a life?

Generally, about 60% of the donor’s liver is taken for transplantation. One of two lobes is required. If it’s the right lobe then 60-70% of the whole liver is required and in case, it is left lobe then 30-40% of the whole liver. This selection is based on the need of the patient undergoing transplantation, at the same time on the anatomy of the donor as well.

For liver transplantation in kids, only 15-25% of the adult liver (which is left lateral segment) may be required.

What is the recovery time for the donor?

The liver begins to regenerate almost immediately after the surgical procedure, both for the donor as well as the recipient. Generally, the hospital stay is that of 5-7 days, if no complications arise. In 4-6 weeks the donor would be strong enough to get back to simple routine work and may resume his original work based activities in full swing after 2-3 months.

Are there any major risks involved?

The golden rule of organ donations is to not put the donor’s life at risk to save the life of the recipient. It is therefore, of paramount importance, that:

  • The volunteer is counseled and explained in detail the whole process, with medical implications involved.
  • Detailed evaluation is done before passing he/she qualifies to become the donor.
  • Post-op recovery support is provided.

Why should you choose RIMC?

The most reputed name in the country for liver transplantation and treatment of liver diseases, RIMC has world class medical technology, advanced infrastructure coupled with a formidable team of doctors capable of handling all types of liver diseases. The liver transplant program at RIMC is spearheaded by the best liver transplant surgeon in the world, making it the most preferred hospital for liver transplants.



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