Living liver organ donation provides those waiting for liver transplantation with many advantages over deceased organ donation. These include: Shortened waiting times:
The length of time it takes for an organ to become available is significantly reduced when the organ comes from a living donor versus a deceased donor. Depending on their condition, diagnosis, status, blood type and size, patients can be on the waiting list for months or even years. Many patients will die while waiting for a deceased donor organ. Should a relative or loved one meet the criteria for living liver donation, the wait time and risk of death while on the waiting list can be reduced. Healthier donor organ:
Living donors tend to be young, healthy adults who have undergone a thorough medical evaluation. As a result, the liver from a living donor is usually healthier than a liver from a deceased donor. Surgery can be scheduled electively:
With living donor liver transplantation, it is possible for the recipient to have surgery earlier. This increases the chances for a quicker recovery. In addition, the time between recovering the liver and transplanting it is minimized to minutes instead of hours as with a deceased donation transplant, something that is critical to the preservation of the donor organ. A feeling of satisfaction:
For a living donor, knowing that he or she has made a contribution to the improved health of another individual is a very positive psychological experience.