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What happens to donor after liver transplant?
7 doctors weighed in

2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Deceased donors are buried or cremated.
Living liver donors go on, and a significant amount of removed liver will regenerate from the remaining liver.

In brief: Depends
Deceased donors are buried or cremated.
Living liver donors go on, and a significant amount of removed liver will regenerate from the remaining liver.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Post-op recovery
A living liver donor must recover from a fairly big operation.
The remaining piece of the donor's liver should regenerate a normal size liver in several weeks. Complications from the liver operation can also occur. The donor must commit to medical follow-up for at least 2 years (required by the gov't). If the liver was "allocated" through the unos waiting list, the donor was deceased.

In brief: Post-op recovery
A living liver donor must recover from a fairly big operation.
The remaining piece of the donor's liver should regenerate a normal size liver in several weeks. Complications from the liver operation can also occur. The donor must commit to medical follow-up for at least 2 years (required by the gov't). If the liver was "allocated" through the unos waiting list, the donor was deceased.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Minor postop pain
Usually well selected donors (i am assuming you mean living donors) have few complications.
The amount of liver removed typically regrows and the person doesn't miss it. Major complications are not common, but any operation causes some postoperative pain, time off from work, etc. Your surgeon can be more specific about the type of incision, etc.

In brief: Minor postop pain
Usually well selected donors (i am assuming you mean living donors) have few complications.
The amount of liver removed typically regrows and the person doesn't miss it. Major complications are not common, but any operation causes some postoperative pain, time off from work, etc. Your surgeon can be more specific about the type of incision, etc.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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