ISMETT also has a Pediatric Living Donor Liver Transplant Program. This is a valid therapeutic option for those children who cannot afford long periods on the waiting lists. Generally a family member, often one of the parents or a close relative, is selected to donate a small portion of his or her liver to the child.
The benefits for the transplanted child are many, the post-operative period is usually simpler and the whole process requires a hospital stay of approximately three weeks.
At ISMETT the organ and patient survival rate three years from surgery is 100%.
Living donor liver transplants allow children to receive a new organ without having to be placed on the waiting list, hence avoiding the risk of worsening their conditions which would make surgery more risky with higher chances of complications.
A pediatric living donor liver transplant involves procuring the left side of the donor’s liver and transplanting it into the child.
Living related transplants are possible thanks to the ability the liver has to regenerate. After only a few weeks the liver returns to its original pre-transplant size, both in the donor and in the recipient.
The average length of stay of a child undergoing a living donor liver transplant is currently about 6-8 days. Last year, ISMETT was the center with the highest number of pediatric living donor liver transplants performed.