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Liver Transplant Cost in India

The Liver Transplant cost in India starts from USD 28,000 and varies depending on the patient's medical history, the donor's medical history, the surgeon, the surgical facility, and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on the exchange rate.


  • Surgery for the Donor
  • Surgery & Stay at the Hospital
  • Pre-operative Investigations
  • Medicines, Consumables & Food at the hospital
  • Airport transfers & IndiCure assistance

Does Not Include

  • Accommodation outside the hospital
  • Air tickets
  • Visa

Stay Required

  • Donor's Stay at the Hospital - 7 to 10 Days
  • Recipient's Stay at the Hospital - 2 to 3 Weeks
  • Stay in India - 12 to 16 weeks

Factors that affect Liver Transplant cost in India

We Customize the Liver Transplant Quote to Suit Your Preferences

At IndiCure, we consolidate most of the expenses for your liver transplant surgery in India to provide you with an inclusive and cost-effective package tailored to your budget and individual requirements. After receiving medical reports, your case manager will provide an estimated surgery cost based on a discussion with the liver transplant surgeon.

The final liver transplant cost in India can however be confirmed after your face-to-face consultation with the surgeon.

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Questions you must ask

Here is a set of questions you should consider asking before commencing your journey for a liver transplant in India.

  • Is it time for a Liver transplant?
  • Is the surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

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  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol

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Liver Transplant in India

Organ transplant laws in India are very strict, prohibiting any commercial transaction for liver transplants. Organ transplant law in India allows only blood relatives to donate liver to the patient. A special permission from the Govt. of India is to be taken if an unrelated person wants to donate a part of his or her liver to the patient.

There should be no commercial transaction involved between the donor and the recipient for a liver transplant in India. If the proposed donor or the recipient or both are foreigners and are seeking liver transplant operation in India, a senior Embassy official of the country of origin or the government of the country concerned (authenticated by the Embassy concerned in India) has to certify the relationship between the donor and the recipient.

There is a long waiting time for liver from dead or cadavers, so foreigners usually never get cadaveric donations if they wish to undergo cadaveric liver transplant in India.

Steps for Liver Transplant Surgery in India

  • Identify a donor from your country- preferably a close relative
  • Investigate donor- patient compatibility in your country. If it is not available, get it done in a country closest to you else, or you may have to come to India for investigations.
  • When the compatibility is confirmed, both the patient and the donor shall be investigated for operability.
  • Liver transplant in India will happen after the above confirmations and completion of documents related to liver transplant operation.


As the latest techniques of liver transplant are advancing, many people from around the world come for Liver transplantation in India. Owing to the low cost of liver transplant in India, highly skilled & experienced surgeons and state-of-the-art hospital facilities, India has emerged as one of the most favorable destinations for organ transplants in the world.

Comparing the cost of liver transplant in India and Western countries, one would find a huge cost difference. The cost of a liver transplant in the US varies between USD 250,000 – USD 315,000 whereas the cost of Liver transplantation in India ranges between US $28, 000 – $50, 000 which is less than one-fourth of the cost of the surgery in the US.

What is a Liver Transplant?

The liver is one of the most vital and largest organs of the human body that serves as the powerhouse of energy as it produces:

  • Glucose which is the basic sugar and source of energy
  • Proteins which are the building blocks essential for growth
  • Bile, a fluid stored in the gallbladder that is necessary for absorption of the fats and vitamins
  • Blood clotting factors that aid in healing wounds

Being the largest organ of the human body, it is ideal for storage of essential substances like vitamins and minerals. It metabolizes and detoxifies the substances ingested by the body. Moreover, it also acts as a filter that removes impurities from the blood.

Liver transplantation is a complex and major surgical procedure that is done to replace the damaged or diseased liver with a healthy and normally functioning liver taken from the donor. A liver transplant is the second most commonly performed transplantation in the world after kidney transplant. It is indicated when the liver fails to perform its normal functions due to severe damage to the liver leading to its failure.

Deceased liver donation: involves transplantation of a liver that has been taken from the person who died recently.

Living donor liver transplant: a section of the liver is removed from the living donor and transplanted to the patient. As the liver has a tendency to regenerate itself, both the transplanted and the remaining part of the donor's liver can regrow into the normal-sized liver.

A liver transplant is the option left when all other lifestyle modifications and treatments have not prevented liver failure. Liver failure, however, can happen slowly known as chronic liver failure, or can happen suddenly called acute liver failure.

Regardless of the type, liver failure can occur due to multiple causes but the most common cause for liver transplant is liver cirrhosis which is characterized by chronic scarring of the liver mostly due to hepatitis virus infection or chronic alcohol abuse.

Several other common conditions for liver transplant are:

  • Bile duct disease like biliary duct atresia
  • Chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection
  • Excessive iron in the body i.e. hemochromatosis
  • Genetic diseases like Wilson's disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Primary or early-stage liver cancer
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Alcoholic liver disease.

When is Liver Transplant required?

If the patient is suffering from a liver failure but his heart, lungs, kidneys, and immune system are strong enough to cope with the surgery, if he is mentally and emotionally stable, if the patient has family and friends who can take care of the patient before and after the surgery and if a cadaveric or a living donor is available, the patient is considered good for the liver transplant.

How is a Liver Transplant done?

Before the transplant surgery, both the patient and the donor are assessed and made to undergo a battery of tests to ensure that the donor is healthy enough to survive the surgery. The test includes blood testing and matching to check the compatibility. Various other tests and investigations include EKG, Echo, Chest X-ray, Abdominal CT scan, CT Cholangiogram, physical assessment by a physician, hepatologist, and psychological tests.

Liver transplant surgery is a major surgical procedure done under general anesthesia and takes about 12 hours to complete.
The donor is operated first to remove either the left or right lobe of his liver. Once the donor's liver is removed, the surgeon prepares for the transplant of the liver into the patient's body.

Step 1

The surgeon makes an incision on the upper right part of the abdomen in order to access the liver. The surgeon then cuts the essential blood vessels along with the bile ducts and removes the diseased liver.

Step 2

The failed and diseased liver is then replaced by the healthy liver from the donor and the blood vessels and biliary ducts are connected to the transplanted liver lobe.

Step 3

After a complete transplant, the surgeon closes the incisions and the patient is shifted to the ICU for recovery.

What is the Recovery after Liver Transplant like?

One needs to come to India about 2-3 weeks prior to the surgery for pre-operative assessment and paperwork formalities to be completed. A stay for around 6-8 weeks post-discharge would be needed for you to recover enough before you can go back. So, a total of about 12-16 weeks are required for your liver transplant surgery in India.

One needs to stay in the ICU for a week after the surgery and another 3 weeks in the transplant care unit following which the patient is discharged from the hospital. However, the donor will stay at the hospital for about a week.

After the surgery, the patient is moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) for 5-6 days, after which he is shifted to the transplant care unit/room where he would stay for another 3 weeks. It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort which shall be controlled with medications. The doctor will keep a check for any signs of bleeding, infections, or liver rejection. The patient is prescribed medicines to suppress the immune system so that the body does not reject the new liver.

Recovery after liver transplant is a very slow and long process that aims at steadily building the patient's health and fitness. It may take 6 months to resume normal daily activities.

What Results Can I Expect from Liver Transplant ?

One can expect gratifying results after liver transplant surgery. Most of the patients resume their regular lifestyle after 6 months of successful liver transplant. If supplemented with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication, one can lead a healthy and active life after a liver transplant.

Best Liver Transplant Surgeons in India

Dr. Mohammed Rela
Dr. (Prof) Mohammed Rela

Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon


31+ Years

Dr. Prof. Mohamed Rela is one of India's most renowned and sought-after names for Liver transplants. Dr. Rela has over 31 years of experience in liver transplantation and is a pioneer in the field. He is recognized not only in India, but all across the world for his skills and expertise. He is a professor at King's College Hospital in London, where he teaches liver transplant surgery.

Over 400 scientific publications and papers on liver transplantation, difficult hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery, and other topics have been published by him. He has done over 4000 liver transplant procedures.

In December 1997, he led a team that successfully transplanted a five-day-old girl's liver, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000.

Dr. A S Soin
Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin

Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon

MBBS, MS, Primary FRCS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glas), FRCS (Gen Surg)

30+ Years

Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin is credited with pioneering Liver Transplant Surgery in India. Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin currently holds the position of Chairman of the Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine department at the renowned Medanta, The Medicity, Gurgaon. Dr. Soin is also the director of the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital's Liver Transplant Institute in Mumbai.

Dr. Soin has conducted more than 3500 living donor liver transplants in India, and 12000 more complicated liver, gallbladder, and bile duct surgeries, making him the country's and world's leading surgeon.

Dr Soin studied medicine and surgery in India and the United Kingdom. He earned his MBBS and MS degrees at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where he spent 11 years.

Dr Vivek Vij
Dr. Vivek Vij

Liver Transplant Surgeon


18+ Years

Dr. Vivek Vij is a pioneering liver transplant surgeon who is credited with creating living donor surgery and standardizing safety standards to reach a donor safety profile of 100 percent since the time of its inception in the country.

He is the first surgeon from India to report a series of laparoscopic Donor Hepatectomy procedures in the journal 'Liver Transplantation.' He founded the Fortis group of hospitals' Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Sciences division, launching a highly successful liver transplant program first in Noida and then in Mohali.

Dr. Vij and his team have done over 2500 liver transplants, the majority of which were performed at Fortis Hospital in Noida, with a patient and donor success rate of 95 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

Best Liver Transplant Hospitals in India

Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Fortis Memorial Research Institute


Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), the flagship hospital of Fortis Healthcare, is a multi-specialty, quaternary care hospital and is counted among the best hospitals in India and the world. The hospital is considered as "Mecca of Healthcare" and a referral hospital, not only in the entire Asia Pacific but much beyond.
The hospital boasts of an enviable International faculty- the clinicians considered to be among the best doctors in the world and even specialty nurses offer nothing but the best in clinical care. The hospital has the most modern, state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology in the hands of the most technically sound technicians, who offer clinical excellence beyond comparison.

Medanta Medicity
Medanta THE Medicity


The Medicity is one of India's largest multi super-specialty institutes located in Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR-DELHI). Founded by one of the most renowned cardiac surgeons in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Medanta was established with the aim to provide the highest standards of medical care to patients backed by clinical research.
Spread across 43 acres, the institute includes a research center, medical and nursing school. It has 1250 beds and over 350 critical care beds with 37 operation theatres catering to over 20 specialties. Backed by the latest and most advanced technology, the institute is counted among the best medical institution in the world and attracts lots of patients from across the globe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In advanced and well-equipped liver transplant hospitals in India, the in-hospital survival or success rate is more than 95 percent. This indicates that 95 patients out of 100 get a successful liver transplant and are discharged in good health.

Furthermore, the liver transplant has a very good long-term success rate, with a survival probability of 65 percent to 70 percent 15-20 years after the operation. Patients, including children and athletes, lead normal lives and are able to return to typical activities after 3-6 months of surgery.

Liver transplant, which is a very challenging treatment, carries a 3-5 percent risk of death. Infections and rejection after a liver transplant are the most serious risks.

Yes, if you have a live related donor, who is physically and mentally healthy, between 18-65 years of age, willing to donate part of the liver to you, you can surely undergo liver transplant in India.

The Human Organ Transplantation Act (HOTA) in India strictly prohibits sale of purchase of any organ in India. It is illegal and you cannot buy human liver in India.

You can donate part of your liver to your close relative who is in need of liver transplant, if you are above 18 and in good physical and mental health.

Every year, thousands of liver transplants are performed in India, with a relatively high success rate of over 95%. However, the majority of them are 'live' transplants, in which the liver is donated by a living donor. Because of a scarcity of donors, cadaveric liver donations are quite rare.

The United States performs the greatest number of Liver Transplants in the world. However, India is not far behind in the number and success rate of liver transplants. The big advantage India offers over all other countries is the cost of liver transplant in India, which is less than a fifth of undergoing liver transplant in the United States.

Yes, a female can donate liver to a male. Overall, data from transplants conducted all over the world reveal that gender did not appear to be a factor.

With the advancement in techniques and technology, people as old as 80 and above are donating liver to needy patients. In the current organ shortage, the question is not whether or not older donors should be used, but rather how and to whom they should be used.

No, liver donation does not shorten your life. It is critical, however, for all patients who undergo a significant abdominal surgery to prevent weight gain, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption. You should return to your regular activities and live a normal, healthy life.

Apart from the liver transplant cost in India, there are additional expenses to consider when planning your trip. This includes budgeting for meals, airfare costs which will vary depending on your location of origin and the time of booking, and ground transportation expenses, such as taxi fares or rental car costs. Lastly, accommodation costs during your recovery period are crucial to consider, whether you opt for a hotel near the medical facility or other lodging options that suit your preferences and budget.

By carefully considering these additional expenses alongside the liver transplant cost in India, you can better plan and budget for your trip to India, ensuring a smooth and comfortable experience during your recovery process.

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