Living Donor

Living donor liver transplantation is a surgery where a portion of the liver is removed from a living person and transplanted to the recipient. Living donor liver transplant surgery is performed on a patient who is in the end-stage liver failure. The donors are usually first-line blood relatives, their spouse or friends who are a match. They willingly donate a portion of their liver to the patient. 

Cirrhosis often leads to liver failure, especially when untreated, where the liver malfunctions due to severe liver injury. Cirrhosis is a result of excessive alcohol consumption, an autoimmune disease, acute liver failure caused by viruses, such as hepatitis B and C, the build-up of fat in the liver and hereditary liver diseases.

For patients with severe liver disease, where no treatment restores the liver’s health, living donor liver transplant surgery is the life-saving option. A liver transplant is also necessary for children who suffer from biliary atresia. Apart from these, liver cancer (primary & metastatic), hereditary diseases and benign liver tumours may warrant a liver transplantation.

Once the physician determines if the patient is eligible for a liver transplant via clinical evaluation, laboratory tests, followed by consultation with other organ specialists, the patient’s name is registered in the state-wise organ donation list, in the case of patients with no direct match within their known circles. In living donor liver transplantation, the donor’s blood type compatibility should match with the patient.

Benefits & Risks

It is wise to be aware of the facts associated with living donor liver transplantation. 

For the recipient: After surgery, one’s life span gradually increases. With simple lifestyle modifications, they can live a normal life after a liver transplant.

For the donor: The liver regenerates to 95% within 3 to 4 months. On following proper medication and lifestyle changes, the donor can resume routine life within 3 months of surgery.

However, rejection of the donor organ is always a possibility. Due to the increase in the waiting lists for deceased donor liver transplants, living donor liver transplants are highly beneficial and preferred. The decision to undergo transplantation primarily involves consultation with family members. The family must understand the benefits and risks associated with transplantation.


During living donor liver transplantation, both patient and donor will be in surgery at the same time. The surgery generally takes roughly between 4 to 14 hours. The damaged liver is removed followed by surgical intervention and then a portion of the donated liver is transplanted. Both the patient and the donor will be carefully monitored in ICU to check their body functions. At MGM Healthcare, the procedure is expertly performed by top living donor liver transplant doctors in India.



The patient and donor will be shifted to the general ward depending upon their vitals and signs of rejection. Regular biochemical tests, X-rays and ECGs ensure the recipient’s and donor’s stability. Performing liver tests identify the possibilities of rejection. Patients are prescribed immunosuppressants to prevent rejection. Physiotherapy and dietary counselling are also given. You will receive comprehensive care for your liver treatment at MGM Healthcare, one of the best living donor liver transplant centres in India. 

The cost of living donor liver transplantation in India is more economical when compared to other countries. Proper financial planning with insurance plans secure patients’ health. The living donor liver transplant cost in India is estimated at INR 21 to 26 lakh, depending on the type of liver transplant, severity of sickness and comorbidities of the patients. Apart from surgery, patients should plan for medication, laboratory testing and consultations. The cost of medical procedures in India is cheaper than other countries with the added benefit of world-class doctors, technology and infrastructure.


LIVING DONOR LIVER TRANSPLANT SPECIALISTS MGM Healthcare’s Institute of Liver Disease, Transplant and HPB Surgery is proud to have the best living donor liver transplant specialists in India

Liver Transplant & HPB Surgeons

Dr Thiagarajan Srinivasan

Senior Consultant & Director

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Dr Karthik Mathivanan

Senior Consultant & Associate Director

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Dr Srikanth Thummala


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Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists

Dr Ravi R

Senior Consultant & Academic Director

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Dr Arulprakash S

Senior Consultant & Clinical Lead

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Dr Tarun John George

Associate Consultant

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Interventional Radiologists

Dr Prabhu Radhan

Senior Consultant & Clinical Coordinator

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Dr Navin Gnanasekaran

Associate Director - Medical Services & Senior Consultant

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Dr Ravindran R

Associate Consultant

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Anaesthesiologists & Critical Care Specialists

Dr Dinesh Babu

Senior Consultant

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Dr Nivash C


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Dr Premkumar R


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MGM Healthcare has the highest success rate for living donor liver transplants. The living donor liver transplantation success rate is estimated to be 95%, depending on their post-surgical recovery. A significant increase in the life span of the patient happens after the surgery. MGM Healthcare boasts an impressively high success rate for living donor liver transplants in Chennai and India. It is one of the best liver transplant hospitals in India, equipped with the best liver transplant surgeons. Our patient stories inspire thousands by alleviating their will to live. With extensive commitment and collaboration from eminent clinical faculty, the Institute of Liver Diseases, Transplant & HPB Surgery transforms lives. 

MGM Healthcare’s Institute of Liver Diseases, Transplant & HPB Surgery is one of the top hospitals in India for living donor liver transplantation with some of India’s best liver transplant surgeons. At MGM, comprehensive care and patient-centric treatment make us the best hospital for acute liver failure in India. This state-of-the-art institute has more than 100 highly efficient professionals who work round-the-clock proficiently. The centre is a preferred destination for living donor liver transplant surgery in India.

Dr Thiagarajan Srinivasan, rated as one of the best doctors in India for liver transplantation, is the Director of the Institute. Under his leadership, MGM Healthcare has performed path-breaking surgeries in this area. The Institute offers a comprehensive approach towards patient wellness.

MGM Healthcare has garnered trust among healthcare seekers in a short span for Living Donor Liver transplant surgery in India. Our eminent surgeons and healthcare professionals work in tandem to provide the best possible treatment ensuring better patient outcomes. Backed by world-class amenities, the institute is the preferred destination for liver transplantation.