Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT)
The liver has the unique ability to regrow when a part of it is removed by surgery. Surgeons have used this phenomenal ability has been used by surgeons to remove large liver tumors and to perform living donor liver transplantation.
In Living Donor Liver Transplantation, a healthy donor, who is a near -relative of the patient is carefully evaluated to see if he/she can safely donate a part of their liver for performing transplantation to their loved one. If the donor is found to be suitable, then after necessary legal clearances, the liver transplantation is performed.
A portion of the donor’s liver is carefully removed during surgery and is transplanted into the sick patient. Both donor and recipient surgeries are performed nearly simultaneously. The donor makes a full recovery in 5-6 days, and the remaining liver grows back to its usual size in 4 to 6 weeks. The recipient’s liver grows slowly to its usual size in 3 months as the patient makes a full recovery.