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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

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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 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. ...Read more

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How do I opt out of an organ donation?

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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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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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 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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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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Are there any places in the us or elsewhere where organ donation is an opt-out?

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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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 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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