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Doctor insights on: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Organ Donation

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of organ donation?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of organ donation?

Give life to all: Organ donations quite simply save lives for others suffering and indeed dying of end stage organ failure. The risks of living donation are very small and depending which organ you are considering to donate vary in types of risks. Information regarding those details are readily available on the internet in multiple locations such as www. Unos. Org. The risk of losing life is extremely small. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Layman
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Organ Donation (Definition)

Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple ...Read more


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of organ donation?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of organ donation?

Save lives/norisk: A deceased donor is a true hero who may save multiple lives ( (8 or 9 transplants from an ideal donor) and improve the quality of lives (through tissue donation) of many others. There are no risks since the person has already died. The funeral may be conducted with an open casket. What about including the words...." he/she was a hero" in a eulogy? ...Read more

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Is organ donation compulsory?

Is organ donation compulsory?

No: Whether you donate your organ is entirely up to you. There is a great demand for organs (heart, lungs, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea) and if you are brain-dead, it makes a lot of sense to donate your organs and give a gift of life to others. However, the decision itself is entirely up to you. ...Read more

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Is organ donation always reliable?

Is organ donation always reliable?

No: The organs don't always work. Sometimes when they do work the patient's other medical conditions get worse and they die. Sometimes a problem with the organ (such as an infection or blood type issue) can come up after the transplant and cause major problems. ...Read more

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Why is organ donation so important?

Why is organ donation so important?

Dire need of organs: Unfortunately many patients with end-stage organ diseases are in need of organ transplants but the availability of transplantable organs does not meet the need. In the U.S., an average of 18 patients die while waiting for an organ. Registering for organ donation gives these patients with end-stage organ diseases a new lease on life after the registered donor dies. ...Read more

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Is there a market for organ donation?

Outside of the US: Unfortunately, there is a black market outside of developed countries. The patients who have been identified afterwards have had much higher rates of infections and worse outcomes. Medicare may not pay for the anti-rejection medications if the transplant was not performed at a medicare approved center. Black market transplants are dangerous. Legitimate organ donation must be increased. ...Read more

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How do I opt out of an organ donation?

Just say no.: Tell your health provider no. No details need be provided to anyone else except that you are not an acceptable donor for the potential recipient. Period! ...Read more

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Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

No: There will be external scars from where the organ retrieval process occurred but a normal burial is possible, open casket and all if so desired. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about organ donation?

Lots to tell: There is a lot of information on this subject - far more than can fit here. See these 2 websites to start:
http://www. Unos. Org/donation/index. Php
http://donatelife. Net/understanding-donation/ ...Read more

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What is the minimum age for organ donation?

Depends: Deceased donors can be almost any age. Babies need transplants too. For a living donor each center will have their own threshold but most have 19-21 as the lower limit. ...Read more

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Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

Organ donation: Unfortunately there are many people who feel that organ donation is not a transparent process and the medical profession would prefer to allow some to die in order to recover their organs to transplant into others. In fact this is the farthest from the truth, but urban myths and stories abound that give many false impressions. Better education will help clear the myths and more lives will be saved. ...Read more

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Why are some people opposed to organ donation?

Why are some people opposed to organ donation?

Personal resons: Sometimes the patient or family has personal religious or moral beliefs against removing body parts. Sometimes people are angery at the medical system. Other times people are just not well informed about the potential for donation and the benefits to society. ...Read more

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Is organ donation permitted throughout the usa?

All over the world: Organ donation is permitted worldwide and by every religion/faith and government. ...Read more

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┬┐why a person would not agree with organ donation?

Lots of reasons: Indeed, probably as many reasons for or against organ donation as there are people! Regardless of your own position on the subject, one cannot make a value judgment here but only give thanks for those that do donate. ...Read more

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Hi what are the cons of organ donation after death?

Organ donation: Well if you are donating after death then there are no CONS for you as you are already dead. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the pros of organ donation?

Pro=save a life: That really is the only pro, but is a big one. You either no longer need or have 2nd organ, so donation becomes an option. If kidney, do have to have & recover from surgery to "harvest" it, but is usually minimal time. ...Read more

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What could be done to encourage more organ donation?

Discuss death openly: Deceased organ and tissue donation occurs with an unexpected death. Family + loved ones are typically in shock and may not be open to discussion of topics like donation that is much better addressed in advance. For this reason, anyone who wants to be a donor should make their wishes known to their family and certainly register with a donor registry. ...Read more

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What diseases would lead to needing an organ donation?

What diseases would lead to needing an organ donation?

Long-term Failure: To require an organ donation (needing a transplant) the organ in question must have irreversibly failed. The most common situation is kidney failure which requires dialysis or a transplant for the person to live. Diabetes and hypertension are the most frequent causes of kidney failure. Liver failure can be caused by hepatitis (B or C), fatty liver (from obesity) or alcohol overuse. ...Read more

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I need to know what is your opinion on organ donation?

I need to know what is your opinion on organ donation?

Everyone should!: I'm ER Dr, many people die despite best efforts in ER. Law requires us to ask family about donation, but often they don't know or can't decide unless help on driver's license listing 'organ donor.' If was automatic, COUNTLESS lives could be saved / prolonged / improved using donated organs after '1st owner' no longer needs them. ...Read more

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I need to know what's your position on organ donation?

Everyone should!: I'm ER Dr, many people die despite best efforts in ER. Law requires us to ask family about donation, but often they don't know or can't decide unless help on driver's license listing "organ donor." If was automatic, COUNTLESS lives could be saved / prolonged / improved using donated organs after "1st owner" no longer needs them. ...Read more

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Why should families be concerned about organ donation?

Shortage: There is a tremendous waiting list for all organs and hundreds and thousands of patients die each year waiting for organs. Transplantation is truly a miracle and organ donation is the ultimate gift. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: organ donation?

What is the definition or description of: organ donation?

Gifting An Organ: Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple organs at 1 time. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are some people against organ donation?

Urban legends / myth: Too many people think the medical community can choose to let someone progress to brain death in order to create the opportunity for organ donation. This is simply untrue. When devastating neurologic injuries occur and there are no possible hopes for recovery, after the family consents and/or there has been a consent on a donor registry, then the organ donation process can begin. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to decrease organ donation shortages?

Many options: There are multiple options to increase donation numbers. Improving access to information for people or families in order for them to be confident with the decision to donate is one way. Presumed consent (you are considered a donor unless you make a formal statement that you do not want to be) is another. Education is the key to promoting donation. ...Read more

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How come organ donation is optional rather than mandatory?

Privacy: People have possession of their body parts even after they die. If they agree to give them up after they die then they can be used. ...Read more

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What is being done nationally to encourage? Organ donation?

Raising awareness: Many organizations are working hard to raise public awareness. The united network for organ sharing has ongoing campaigns to raise awareness. Oftentimes newspapers or television programs highlight individual stories that lead to increasing awareness. Facebook has an awareness initiative. Local dmv centers also promote donation. ...Read more

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Will my cousin be a perfect match for me for organ donation?

Not necessarily: It would depend on the tissue type of both the donor and the recipient and the degree of sensitization of the recipient (prior transplants, blood transfusions, pregnancies if any, viral infections, etc.). The proper testing needs to be done. ...Read more

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What's the reality of organ donation if the deceased is 60+?

What's the reality of organ donation if the deceased is 60+?

It exists for some: If the patient was otherwise healthy without organ problems the liver and kidneys are routinely used. The heart, lungs, intestine or pancreas are not routinely used. Most of the time these "older" organs are considered "extended criteria" organs with a reduced lifespan compared to younger organs. They are not usually offered to young people. ...Read more

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Why are some people against organ donation even if they die?

Personal resons: Sometimes the patient or family has personal religious or moral beliefs against removing body parts. Sometimes people are angery at the medical system. Other times people are just not well informed about the potential for donation and the benefits to society. ...Read more