What Organs Can You Live Without?

Can you live without a liver?

The liver performs essential, life-sustaining functions.

While you can’t live without a liver completely, you can live with only part of one.

Many people can function well with just under half of their liver.

Your liver can also grow back to full size within a matter of months..

Can you live without intestines?

Most people can live without a stomach or large intestine, but it is harder to live without a small intestine. When all or most of the small intestine has to be removed or stops working, nutrients must be put directly into the blood stream (intravenous or IV) in liquid form.

What organs can you donate without dying?

Living organ donors can donate: one kidney, a lung, or a portion of the liver, pancreas, or intestine. Learn more about deceased donation, living donation, and the transplantation process. By registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, you can also leave behind the gift of sight.

Does your liver grow back after alcohol?

The liver is very resilient and capable of regenerating itself. Each time your liver filters alcohol, some of the liver cells die. The liver can develop new cells, but prolonged alcohol misuse (drinking too much) over many years can reduce its ability to regenerate.

Do we have 2 livers?

The liver has two large sections, called the right and the left lobes. The gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb, and process food.