Becoming a living transplant donor is a major decision.\nYou\u2019re not just saving one life. You give a piece of your liver for someone else to live a happier, healthier life. And, you forever leave a mark on your liver recipient\u2019s family and friends.\nBeing a living liver donor comes with benefits and risks that you should know before deciding to donate.\nRead more about the recovery process and life after living liver donation.\nYou can save a life. Learn more about becoming a living liver donor.\u00a0\n\n \n Click Here to Learn More about Receiving a liver transplant. Contact UPMC.\n \nFill out the form below or call 833-683-3555 for more information. \nRecovery for Living Donors\nThe recovery process for living liver donors is different for everyone and depends on your health before the surgery.\nRELATED: What Does the Liver Do for the Body?\nFortunately, you won’t need to take any medications after your surgery. And, you should be able to go home in about a week.\nOnce you’re home, you’ll be able to return to most of your normal activities, including:\n\nShowering\nGetting dressed\nSimple daily tasks around the house\n\nYou will have some limits after your surgery.\nFor example, you:\n\nWill need someone to take care of physical household activities.\nWon\u2019t be able to drive for about three weeks.\nShouldn\u2019t push or lift heavy objects or children.\n\nMost donors can return to work about eight weeks after surgery. If your job requires heavy lifting, bending, or stretching you will need a few more weeks before going back to work.\nTips for Staying Healthy After Living Donor Surgery\nAfter a liver transplant, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This will help you heal faster and return to normal life.\nStay healthy after your living donor liver transplant with these tips:\n\nAvoid heavy lifting. You won\u2019t be able to lift more than 10 pounds after surgery. Lifting too much too soon could cause you to get a hernia.\nStick to a healthy diet. Avoid fried food, excess cheese, and creamy foods.\nTry exercise. You can do some physical activity one or two days a week as you heal. Avoid anything that\u2019s overly exerting.\nDrink plenty of water. Drinking water will help you heal and prevent constipation.\n\nLiver regeneration\nIt\u2019s helpful to keep in mind that, as a donor, your liver will return to its normal size after you have donated.\nThe portion the surgeon removed will not grow back, but the rest of your liver will grow to fill that space. This takes about two to three months.\nRemember, life-saving transplants would not be possible without you. While you’ll need to take your time recovering, you will get back to a normal and healthy life after being a donor.