Live Donor Liver Transplant - Risks and Benefits

Live Donor Liver Transplant - Risks and Benefits

First Aired: 1/17/2012

Length: 23 minutes


Living donor liver transplants.
 
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In the United States, there are over 17,000 patients on the liver waiting list, but only enough donated livers to perform about 5,000 transplants per year. As a result, more than 1,700 patients die each year while on liver waiting lists. Technological advances -- along with the liver's unique ability to regenerate itself - allow transplant surgeons to perform living donor liver transplants. Dr. John Roberts discusses the risks and the benefits of living donor liver transplant.
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