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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Organ Donation (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Ralph Layman
88 doctors shared insights

Organ Donation (Overview)

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.


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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?

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