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The average waiting time in New England for a liver is about 2 to 2 1/2 years (but it can range from weeks to years).
Donors are relatives or close friends with significant emotional ties to the recipient. Donors must have a compatible blood type and body size as determined by height and weight. Potential donors must be negative for hepatitis B and C and have no serious medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for our Liver Donor Program .
Following transplant, most people are in the hospital for an average of 14 days.
Immunosuppressant medications are started immediately after surgery. Patients in our transplant program take at least one immuno-suppressing medication for the rest of their lives.
Absolutely! Most people need about three months to recover from surgery before they return to work on a full time basis.
Yes. You can travel near and far as long as you always have your medication with you.
Yes. Following transplant, women have become pregnant and delivered healthy babies and men have fathered children. Planning a pregnancy, however, should be carefully discussed with the transplant team.
Yes. Everyday sports such as tennis, golf, softball and basketball are not only fun, but also a good way to stay in shape following transplant.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Awards Lahey Clinic the Silver1 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.