On the day of surgery, the transplant teams for the donor and the recipient set up in side-by-side operating rooms. As soon as the surgeon removes part of the donor’s liver a second team immediately transplants the donated segment of liver into the transplant recipient. The amount of liver transplanted is carefully calculated to ensure that both patients have enough to maintain normal body functions.
What to Expect if you are Donating Your Liver
If you are donating your liver, your operation will begin first. You will receive general anesthesia to be sure you don’t feel or remember a thing. During surgery, your liver will be divided and the donated segment will be prepared for transplant. You will then be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for monitoring and recovery.
What to Expect if you are Receiving a Living Donor Liver Transplant
Your transplant team will bring you to the operating room after your donor’s surgery has begun. You will receive general anesthesia to ensure that you won’t feel or remember a thing. Your old liver will be removed while the donor liver is being prepared. Next the donated liver will be transplanted into your body. After surgery is complete, the team will then take you to the ICU for monitoring and recovery.