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Will i need ss# for kidney donation?

Will i need ss# for kidney donation?

No: No. However, most kidney transplant program will ask you about your health insurance coverage and support system. You will need to have an annual medical follow-up after donating a kidney. At some programs, not having any health insurance is a relative contra-indication for living donor surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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What health factors are considered for a kidney donation?

What health factors are considered for a kidney donation?

Everything: In order to donate a kidney you have to be the healthiest person in the hospital that day. A strong family history of kidney problems are a negative as are medical problems you have that could affect your kidneys. ...Read more

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How safe is a live kidney donation?

How safe is a live kidney donation?

Generally safe: Assuming that you are in excellent health, long-term studies have demonstrated the safety of living donation. As with all surgical procedures, there is always risk involved with the donor surgery including bleeding, infection, pain and even death (estimated o.O3%). Past living donors have an estimated life expectancy equal to the normal population and are not at increased risk of kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is a kidney donation healthy for the donor?

Is a kidney donation healthy for the donor?

Caveat emptor: There is risk in everything but it truely is the gift of life. ...Read more

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What is your opinion of a live kidney donation?

What is your opinion of a live kidney donation?

Live Kidney Donation: Live donor nephrectomy is a safe surgery when a healthy person undergoes the surgery by an experienced donor surgeon after completing a thorough donor evaluation. It is a surgery that requires general anesthesia and most donors get discharged from the hospital after 48 hours. the mortality associated with the surgery is 0.02-0.03%. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved with kidney donation?

What are the risks involved with kidney donation?

Depends: I assume you are asking about living kidney donation. The donor surgery is done under general anesthesia and the mortality rate associated with the surgery is 0.02-0.03%. So even though it is a very low probability, there have been deaths associated with living donor surgery on very rare occasions. As with any other surgery, bleeding, infection, and blood clots in legs (DVT) can occur. ...Read more

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Specifically what is your stance on live kidney donation?

Depends: You can live with only one kidney and if the person you are donating to is important to you then i feel it is okay. You need to be healthy and minimal risk factors. ...Read more

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When I go on dialysis am I automatically placed on the donation list for kidney donation?

When I go on dialysis am I automatically placed on the donation list for kidney donation?

No: You have to be referred to a transplant center. However you must meet certain requirements such as having good control of your diabetes and hypertension. Also must be cancer free and be compliant. ...Read more

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Preparing for a kidney donation - suggestions needed like what to eat/drink, and how to prepare mentally?

Preparing for a kidney donation - suggestions needed like what to eat/drink, and how to prepare mentally?

Best of luck: Firstly. Congratulations; that is a wonderfully generous thing for you to do for someone else. You should feel proud. Just stay healthy by eating a regular diet, exercise, get a good nights sleep; and of course don't smoke. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more