If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with liver disease and needs—or will need—a liver transplant, don't wait. With more than 14,000 Americans on the waiting list for a liver transplant, the wait for a deceased donor transplant could take years. Unfortunately, approximately 20 percent of the people on the liver transplant waiting list die waiting.
A living-donor liver transplant is a life-saving procedure that gives hope to adults and children waiting for a liver transplant.
During a living-donor liver transplant, a healthy adult donates a portion of their liver to someone with end-stage liver disease. The donor’s liver regenerates within a few months. Living-donor liver transplants reduce the amount of time spent on the transplant waiting list and allow patients to receive a transplant sooner.
Other benefits include:
- Little or no wait time. Once a patient has identified a suitable living donor, the surgery can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both people.
- Quicker recovery time. Both the recipient and donor often return to their normal, active lives within weeks to months following living-donor transplant.
- Improved long-term outcomes. Because the donor's liver is functioning up until the time of transplant, the recipient can benefit from improved long-term outcomes and a quicker recovery.
UPMC, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leader in the field of transplantation and is one of the largest and most experienced transplant centers to offer living-donor liver transplantation. Today, UPMC leads the nation in living-donor liver transplants and, in 2017, we were the only center to perform more living-donor liver transplants than deceased-donor liver transplants.
At UPMC, we believe in the life-saving power of living donation. It is discussed with every patient evaluated for a liver transplant, even if you have been turned down for a transplant at another center.
To learn more about receiving a liver transplant or to register as a potential living donor, call 844-257-9852, or register below to be contacted.
Register below to become a donor or to be evaluated for a liver transplant.
Learn more about living-donor transplants at UPMC.