There are three main ways a liver transplant can be carried out:

  • Deceased organ donation – involves transplanting a liver that has been removed from a person who died recently
  • Living donor liver transplant – a section of liver is removed from a living donor; because the liver can regenerate itself, both the transplanted section and the remaining section of the donor’s liver are able to regrow into a normal-sized liver
  • Split donation – a liver is removed from a person who died recently and is split into two pieces; each piece is transplanted into a different person, where they will grow to a normal size

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