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Dr. Ushast Dhir - Best Liver Transplant Surgeon In Delhi, India
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Who can Donate liver or be a potential living liver donor?

Liver has a unique ability to regrow thus enabling donation of a part of liver from living donors. A healthy individual can donate 60-70 % of liver without any issue.

In India, only a family member is allowed to be a potential donor. The relationship is established by legal documents, government issued ID’s and also by DNA finger printing. These documents are scrutinized by ethical committee independently.

Any individual who is a Family Member can donate a part of his/her liver provided:

  • The donor should have no compulsion to donate. It should be his/her free will to donate
  • Blood Group: Compatible blood group is preferred as the first option. Any donor with same group as of the patient or blood group O can come forward for donation. Incase compatible blood group donor is not available option of ABO incompatible liver transplant or swap can be considered.
  • Age: Any individual in age group 18-55 years of age can be evaluated for liver donation. Rarely, we have accepted donor above age of 55 years only after determining fitness for donation.
  • Donor should be healthy with no major health issues. The donors are screened for any hidden medical problems during the evaluation process. They should not have history of heavy alcohol intake or poorly managed diabetes. History of malignancy in the past is a red flag and risk of cancer transmission needs to be evaluated prior to initiating evaluation.
  • Donors should preferably be slim with a BMI of < 26. In individuals with a higher BMI, fatty liver disease should be ruled out. This requires conducting blood tests and imaging such as CT scan or MRI.
  • Should clear all phases of donor evaluation
  • Donor liver volume and anatomy should be feasible for transplantation

What should one expect after donation?

The living donors undergo thorough evaluation so that the surgery and post operative period is uneventful. The donor stays in hospital for 5-10 days after surgery. The most common complaint after surgery is pain along the incision site. The donors are given a special pain control pump so as to keep them comfortable. The donors are able to move and do all activities of daily living prior to discharge. There are no dietary restrictions and diet is advanced slowly during hospital stay.

The donors are discharged on oral medicines and multivitamins. They can resume desk type job with in a period of 3-4 weeks. Heavy physical activity can be resumed in 3 months time. Donation has no long term impact on an individual’s personal, sexual and professional life.

The risk of death arising from donation is <0.1% as per current data available.

To seek a consultation with a Best Liver Transplant Surgeon In Delhi, India:

Call us at +91-7042523585 | Email at livertransplant@drushastdhir.com

Dr. Ushast Dhir

Department of Liver Transplant and Surgical Gastroenterology Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi

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