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 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.
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