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Living Liver Donor Evaluation

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Submitting a Donor Health History Form, along with documentation of your blood type to the Living Liver Donor program is the first step of the donor evaluation process. If you are a suitable donor, the program will contact you for a preliminary appointment. A preliminary appointment includes:


If a liver transplant is right for you, you will move onto the second step of the evaluation.

You may have some or all of these tests:

  • CT scan 
  • MRI
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Psychological assessment
  • Additional heart tests (eg. Echocardiogram, Exercise stress test)
  • Consultations for weight loss
  • A liver biopsy

Additionally you will meet with:

  • A social worker
  • An independent medical team
  • An anesthesiologist

Depending on your results, you may have to meet other healthcare professionals and go through other tests.

Transplant Approval Process

After your evaluation is done, your donor team will review all your test results and will talk to you about whether donating a part of your liver is right for you.

You may be approved to become a liver donor if:

  1. All required tests and consultations have been completed.
  2. You have met and talked with all members of the donor team who are involved in your evaluation.

During the Evaluation

It is important to stay healthy while you are being evaluated as a donor and before your surgery. The donor team recommends the following:

DO:

  • Keep a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Use condoms for sexual activity
  • Avoid contact with sick people

DO NOT:

  • Take part in high-risk activities that may give you infections. This includes unprotected sex, drug use, tattoos and piercings.
  • Smoke. You need to stop at least 4 weeks before your surgery. It is best if you quit smoking if you want to be a donor.
  • Drink alcohol. You should stop drinking when you decide to become a donor.
  • Use any drugs without your doctor's approval. You do not use any non-prescription medication unless you have checked with the donor team.

As a donor you will have a separate team of medical professionals caring for you. Your evaluation records are kept confidential and will not be discussed with the recipient.  To obtain information about the status of your evaluation, you will have to call the Living Donor Liver Program.

If you know your recipient, we encourage you to talk to them about your status. Communication between each other will reduce uncertainty during the evaluation.

If you wish to remain anonymous to the recipient, please indicate this to the Living Donor Liver Program at the beginning of the assessment.​

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