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How badly would it hurt after donating part of my liver & how long would recovery take?

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Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 34 years experience
It depends: It depends on the type of donation. Left lobe donation (to a child) is an easier operation with a shorter recovery. Right lobe donation (to an adult) is much more complicated and is associated with pain, possible death, bile duct complications in up to 30%, and can take 3-6 months to recover from. You would need to discuss this with the surgeon.

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