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Dr. David Mulligan
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of organ donation?

Dr. David Mulligan
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
113K people helped
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

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
33 years in practice
727K people helped
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of organ donation?

Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
33 years in practice
727K people helped
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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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. George Loss
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
28 years in practice
87K people helped
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How do I opt out of an organ donation?

Dr. George Loss
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Mulligan
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
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Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

Dr. David Mulligan
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
113K people helped

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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Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
33 years in practice
727K people helped
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Is there a market for organ donation?

Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
33 years in practice
727K people helped

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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Dr. W. James Chon
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
20 years in practice
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Is organ donation compulsory?

Dr. W. James Chon
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
33 years in practice
727K people helped
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What could be done to encourage more organ donation?

Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
33 years in practice
727K people helped

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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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
41 years in practice
987K people helped
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Are there any places in the us or elsewhere where organ donation is an opt-out?

Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
41 years in practice
987K people helped

Yes: If you are not interested in being an organ donor while you are alive or after you have passed, make your feelings known to your family and next of kin. In the United States your organs will not be removed without your permission if you are alive, or without permission from your next of kin if you have died. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
41 years in practice
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Will my cousin be a perfect match for me for organ donation?

Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
41 years in practice
987K people helped

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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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
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¿why a person would not agree with organ donation?

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
40M people helped

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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