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Living Liver Donation Process

Where do I start?

A series of steps are used to see if you can donate a part of your liver. Each step is designed for use to learn more about your health as well as give you more time to think through this important decision. The evaluation may take several weeks to complete. You can change your mind at any time. There are risks and possible complications to any surgery, but we will NEVER let you donate if it is not safe for you!

Here are the steps:

  1. Fill out the Living Donor Screening Form. After you send in your completed form, a Living Donor Coordinator will contact you. If there are no issues, the nurse will begin the screening process.
  2. Financial Clearance. Donor testing and surgery is covered by the recipient’s funding.
  3. Undergo lab tests and exams. You will have blood drawn to find out if your blood type is compatible with the recipient. If you are compatible, the nurse will order a complete medical workup, including blood and urine testing, a lung x-ray, cardiology testing, cancer screenings, tuberculosis testing, and a CT scan of your liver.
  4. Meet with doctors and social workers. They will talk to you about the donation process and answer any questions you may have.
  5. Testing complete. If all the test results are normal and the transplant selection committee and insurance have approved the donation, then a surgery date will be set.

Watch this educational video on living liver donation to better understand the risks and benefits involved.

If any of your test results are abnormal we will notify you and stop the evaluation. Surgery is scheduled only after the evaluation is complete and the Transplant Team has reviewed it.