There are more then 17,500 patients waiting to receive a liver.
Over 6,000 patients are transplanted each year
Over 1,700 patients die each ear waiting for a liver.
BENEFITS OF A LIVING-DONOR LIVER TRANSPLANT:
- Transplant can be done before liver failure gets worse or becomes fatal
- Less time for a liver
- Quality of donated liver may be better due to medical evaluation of donor
RISKS OF DONATING:
- Most donors recover fully after the operation and can do normal activities within a few months after surgery. However as with any major surgery, there are risks!
- There is a 10 to 20% chance that the donor could have a complication (The most common is itching around the incision)
- The estimated risk of dying from the transplant surgery of about 1 in 500.
- Some of the complications involve bleeding, infection, bile leaks, or damage to the bile ducts.
- You could have a reaction to the anesthetic or get pneumonia or blood clots in the legs.
- Your liver recipiant will be wearing a cheesy shirt with a huge picture of you on it everyday after. hehe (this one isn't so bad)
- The donors liver is split into two parts. One part is removed for the transplant. The surgeon then closes the wound with sutures (which are later removed)
- The remaining part of the donors liver will begin to heal and grow new tissue.
- The donors liver will grow back to normal size within 6 to 8 weeks.
- The donor typically stays in the hospital 4 to 7 days after the surgery.
- For the most part it takes approx. 4 weeks to recover from surgery
- Most people return to work approx 8 weeks after surgery.
There is so much more information and details available at the UNOS website. Check it out at http://www.unos.org/living_donation.asp