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How Safe Is Liver Donation?

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Presentation: Living Donor Liver Surgery
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Liver donation is a major surgery, so it's possible that problems can happen during or after the surgery. The question that's asked most often is, "Can I die from this surgery?"
Like any major surgery, there IS a risk of death for those who donate part of their liver. Fortunately, this risk is small. The current risk of death is about 1 out of 500 liver donation surgeries.
We will now talk about some of the different kinds of minor and major problems that can happen during and after this surgery. This presentation doesn't cover all of the risks related to anesthesia. Your anesthesia care team can talk to you about those specific risks.

Living Donor Liver Surgery


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