donor surgery is typically scheduled in the morning. You and the liver
recipient will be admitted into the hospital’s pre-op area two hours before
surgery. Your family may accompany you. An IV will be placed, and your
abdominal area may need to be shaved.
you’re taken into the operating room, your family will be asked to wait for you
in the surgical waiting area. The live donor coordinator will meet with them
there and discuss a plan to keep them updated on the progress of your surgery.
anesthesiologists will administer sedation through the IV to put you to sleep.
Once you are asleep, the team will insert a tube in your throat that will
connect to a machine that helps you breathe (a ventilator). They will also
insert a tube (a Foley catheter) into your urethra and into your bladder to
allow urine to drain during the surgery.
will have an incision in your abdomen that will be closed with sutures at the
conclusion of your liver transplant surgery. You will also have a drain on the
outside of your body along the surgery area to allow the escape of fluids that
accumulate during recovery.
total hospital stay may last from 4 to 7 days, depending on the
speed of your recovery from surgery. You will be discharged after your surgery when
you are capable of urinating, walking and eating on your own. You will not be
allowed to drive yourself home, so we require that you arrange for a friend or
family to take you back home when the time comes. This is done for your safety,
as you will not yet have enough strength to operate a car.
in mind that you will need to visit the hospital about a week after your
discharge and again about 2-3 weeks later. If you live a distance away, Lahey
can make arrangements to accommodate you at a nearby hotel.
is what you can generally expect during your recovery:
Breeze is an online program from Lahey to help facilitate organ donations from living donors.