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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?

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