Living donor liver transplantation may be an option for you if you have someone who is willing to donate a portion of their liver. The liver is a remarkable organ due to its unique ability to regenerate. With living donation, a recipient’s entire liver is surgically removed and replaced by a portion of the donor’s healthy liver. Over time, both the donor’s liver and the recipient’s liver will grow to become fully formed organs.
Who Can Donate
Friends, family members, or in some cases, an anonymous or altruistic donor can give a portion of their healthy liver.
Healthy individuals between the ages of 18-60 can be considered for living donation. The donor’s blood type must be compatible with the recipient’s, and the donor must be in generally good health and have a normal weight to promote healthy healing after surgery.
Want to Become a Living Organ Donor?
Complete the Living Donor Online Form to begin the evaluation process.Living Donor Online Form
What to Expect
A potential donor will meet with a surgeon and a transplant hepatologist. The donor will also meet with our multidisciplinary team, which includes a social worker, financial case manager, nurse coordinator and an independent living donor advocate. A thorough medical evaluation will be completed with diagnostic testing such as a CT scan, MRI, chest X-ray, EKG and ECHO. The donor may also be required to have a colonoscopy, pap smear and mammogram depending on age and gender. Once the tests are complete, our multidisciplinary team will discuss all results from the evaluation in our liver selection committee meeting. If approved as a living donor, a surgery date can be scheduled for transplantation.
Living liver donor can expect to be in the hospital for four to five days following surgery. Liver donors can generally return to work within six to eight weeks without heavy lifting. You will be followed in our transplant clinic for a short period after donation, and all donors are encouraged to be followed by a primary care physician and maintain a healthy medical regimen post donation.
Call 901-516-9183 to learn more about living donation. After you complete the form, our coordinator will contact you and conduct an initial screening over the phone.
James D. Eason Transplant Institute
1265 Union Avenue, 4 Shorb
Memphis, TN 38104