Halachic Organ donor Society, 3926 W. Touhy Ave, Suite #365, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712-1028. Phone: 646-599-3895, Email: office@hods.org

What are the risks?

Before making the decision to become a living liver donor, one should familiarize oneself with the risk involved so you can make a fully educated and informed decision.

The specific risks are similar to other major surgical procedures of the liver. These include:

  • Bleeding, infection, complications from general anesthesia.
  • The possibility of complications of the bile duct, such as bile leaks, which may require reoperation, or scarring of the bile ducts later on that may require surgery or an invasive procedure.
  • Common risks associated with blood transfusion.
  • There are reported extremely rare cases in which the donor’s liver function is inadequate following the procedure. This could result in the donor needing a liver transplant.
  • Some deaths have occurred throughout the world, but to the best of our knowledge the risk is less than 1%.
  • At present, there is not enough information or follow-up from the number of adult living donor liver transplants worldwide to accurately predict the risks. Present experience has proven that the operation can be performed with a low complication rate

Read the following articles about process and risks of becoming a donor:

Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Early and Late Complications

Liver Regeneration and Surgical Outcomes

Right Lobe Donation-quality of Life

Selection of Donors for Live Donation



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