Patients come from across the country to receive a liver transplant at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee.
A liver transplant is recommended for individuals who have serious liver dysfunction and will not be able to live without having the liver replaced. Our surgeons perform life-saving liver transplants for patients with the following diseases:
- Acute hepatic necrosis
- Biliary atresia
- Metabolic disease
- Liver cancers
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Liver damage from overdose of medications toxic to the liver
Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute is proud to offer another option for patients needing a liver transplant. Due to the shortage of available organs, a living donor liver transplant may allow eligible patients an opportunity to be transplanted sooner.
What is Living Donor Liver Transplantation?
The liver is a remarkable organ due to its unique ability to regenerate. The recipient’s entire liver is removed and replaced by a portion of the donor’s healthy liver. Overtime, both the donor’s liver and the recipient’s liver will grow to become fully-formed organs. Friends, family members, or in some cases, an anonymous donor can give a portion of their healthy liver.
Benefits of Living Donor Liver Transplantation Include:
- Reduced wait time for transplantation
- Operations can be scheduled at a convenient time for both the donor and the recipient
- A living donor organ generally lasts longer than one from a deceased donor
- Allows transplantation to be scheduled before the onset of serious illness that may occur while waiting for an organ
- The recipient’s body is less likely to reject the organ
General requirements Include:
- Blood type compatibility
- Insurance coverage
- Age 18-60
- BMI less than 35
- Donor's past medical history will be taken into consideration
To learn more about living liver donation or to speak with our living donor coordinator, please call 901.516.9183.