If you are interested in becoming a living donor, you will meet with our Advanced Practice Providers for a complete medical evaluation to check for any existing health problems and to ensure that you are a match for the patient. We may also perform blood tests, a physical exam, radiology exams and/or a liver or kidney biopsy.
In a living donor liver transplant, the donor's liver is split into two parts: one part is removed for the transplant and the remaining liver will begin to heal and grow new tissue. The part of the liver that is removed is then transplanted into the recipient. It takes approximately six to eight weeks for the majority of the liver to grow back to normal size. The recovery time is typically eight weeks.
In a living donor kidney transplant, a kidney is removed from a live donor and placed into a recipient whose kidneys no longer function properly; only one donated kidney is needed to replace two failed kidneys. Those who choose to become living donors have the same life expectancy rate and the same quality of life as those who have never donated a kidney.