advantages and disadvantages of organ donation

What are the advantages and disadvantages of organ donation?

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Dr. David C. Mulligan
Transplant Surgery
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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.
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of organ donation?

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Dr. Amy L. Friedman
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Save life/some risk


Live donors are true heroes who save lives of others. They do have the discomfort and risk of a surgical procedure. This should all be carefully reviewed in advance at the transplant center. A donor advocate will also help protect the interests of the donor who can choose not to proceed at any point until the moment just before the operation.
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Organ donation, what if the next of kin the spouse is dead , and the siblings are a minor can they still decide to donate the organ?

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Dr. Richard Mangus
Transplant Surgery
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Yes, they can donate


Most states now use the driver's license to obtain consent. If the person has declared their wish to donate previously, this is sufficient consent. Also, in the case where only minor survivors existed and no previous declaration of consent had been documented, the organ procurement organization would probably accept the consent of the minor relative.
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How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

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Dr. Ralph E. Layman
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Depends


Some are based on a combination of blood and tissue typing others are based primarily on tissue typing. Size of the individual's is also matched especially for pediatric patients.
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What's the reality of organ donation if the deceased is 60+?

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Dr. Ralph E. Layman
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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.
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Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

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Dr. David C. Mulligan
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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
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Is there a market for organ donation?

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Dr. Ralph E. Layman
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No


Paying for organ donation is illegal in th U.S. and in most other countries. There is no market but there is a need.
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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.
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Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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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.
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I was wondering what are the cons of organ donation and transplantation?

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Risks exist


It depends what organ transplant is being contemplated. Organ donation is major surgery and you need a careful discussion of risks and benefits including the long term risk. This should be done with members of the Transplant Team who know this information the best.
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Is organ donation always reliable?

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Dr. Ralph E. Layman
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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.
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