Myths about live donor liver transplant by Dr. Neeraj Chaudhary, Surgical Gastroenterology & Liver Transplantation, PSRI Hospital

niraj Myths and facts about live donor

 How will I live once they remove my whole liver out?
As it is impossible to live without a liver, your surgical team will not be doing this. During liver donation in a living individual, it is not the whole liver but only a part of the liver is removed. Liver has an ability to regrow (regenerate) with time (usually 6 weeks).
 I am a 25-year-old female; will donating a part of my liver affect my chances of getting pregnant?

Studies have shown that donating a part of the liver does not affect a woman’s ability to have children.

 I am a 30-year-old female working as an executive in a company. Will I be able to do my office work after donating liver?

Donors lead a normal life after donation. Donors after the surgery are discharged from the hospital in a week’s time and are able to do desk job in 2-3 weeks’ time. However heavy work should be avoided for 3 months. Donors have even returned to the army after donation.

 Do I need to take medications lifelong after liver donation?

No; After discharge from the hospital after the surgery the donor needs to take only a few medications and that only for a week or so.

 I have cirrhosis of the liver and doctors have advised me liver transplant. How will my life change after a transplant?
Patient leads a normal life after transplant. Quality of life improves after a transplant, leads a productive life capable of working and supporting the family. However lifelong follow up is necessary.

 Will I have to depend on lots of medication for the rest of my life after a liver transplant?
After a liver transplant you will need medications to protect the new liver (mainly to avoid rejection) of the new transplanted organ. However, with time, these medications reduce both in dosage and number and the immune system gets used to the new liver.

Myths and facts about deceased (cadaveric, brain dead) donor liver transplant:-

 If doctors know that I am registered to be an organ donor, they won’t work as hard to save my life.

The first and foremost priority of any medical professional is to save the lives of sick/ injured people coming to the hospital. Organ donation is not even considered or discussed until after death is declared.
Typically, doctors and nurses involved in a person’s care before death are not involved in the recovery or transplantation of donated organs.

 My religion doesn’t support organ donation.

Most religions support organ donation. Moreover, religions view organ donation as an act of charity and goodwill.

 My family will be charged for donating my organs.

Costs associated with donating organs for transplant are not passed on to the donor family. The family may be expected to pay for medical expenses incurred before death is declared.


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