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Doctor insights on: Kidney Donation For Money

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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.

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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


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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.

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How long is a live kidney donation surgery for the donor?

How long is a live kidney donation surgery for the donor?

2.5 to 4 hours: There is some variability, but the surgery can last from 2.5 to 4 hours. The procedure can be done laparoscopically or via a larger incision (open donor nephrectomy). The recovery time for a laparoscopic donation is usually shorter than the open donor nephrectomy.

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How exactly is living kidney donation done?

How exactly is living kidney donation done?

Learn about donation: It is such a general question. I encourage you to visit the National Kidney Foundation's website on living donation: https://www. Kidney. Org/transplantation/livingdonors

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Please describe the minimum age for kidney donation?

Please describe the minimum age for kidney donation?

Varies: I assume you are asking about living donation. Most kidney transplant programs will consider you if you are 21 years of age or older. Some will even consider patients who are 18 years of age. A lot depends on how emotionally mature the potential donor is and whether he/she understands the potential risks of living kidney donation.

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What is the likelihood of getting a kidney donation?

What is the likelihood of getting a kidney donation?

Hard to know: The fastest source is a donated kidney, awaiting a cadaveric kidney could be short or very long depending upon your blood type and the availability of organs. We need more organs to transplant.

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What are the dangers of inter vivos kidney donation?

What are the dangers of inter vivos kidney donation?

See below: If you mean between relatives, it is encouraged. In extreme rare cases the re may be recurrance of the disease in the receipient, consult your doctor.

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If I am a smoker am I eligible to be a kidney donation recipient?

If I am a smoker am I eligible to be a kidney donation recipient?

Depends: Each transplant program has a slightly different set of criteria. Some will not transplant any smokers whereas others might consider smoking to be a contraindication for patients with diabetes. It is important for you to find out what the specific policy your transplant program has.

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Is beer okay before a kidney donation?

Is beer okay before a kidney donation?

Why do it?: Doctors now caution anyone scheduled for surgery to minimize drinking in the weeks prior to a procedure, with no drinking the safest course of action. Alcohol simply increases the risks of complications and slows down the recovery process. Alcohol can affect what we do in anesthesia. Please don't!

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Is it safe to drink after a kidney donation?

Yes: However, you should do so in moderation.

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How long does a live kidney donation surgery take?

How long does a live kidney donation surgery take?

See below: About 1-2 hours. There is a laparoscopic proceedure available with only a small incision in the abdomen.

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Live kidney donation; how safe is it for the donor?

Live kidney donation; how safe is it for the donor?

Very safe if healthy: Live kidney donation has been utilzed for over 50 years to treat patients with kidney failure. Long-term studies have shown no detriment in terms of longevity to the donor assuming that the donor is healthy at time of donation. This is whypotential donors have to undergo extensive evaulation prior to donation. Some studies have indicated an increased risk of hypertension in past kidney donors.

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What are the risks of a living kidney donation to the donor?

What are the risks of a living kidney donation to the donor?

Donating a kidney: Risks include surgical complications, having only one kidney for life, and developing progressive kidney disease due to underlying illness that might develop. These risks are all low. Another important risk is regret that you donated for the wrong reasons, such as guilt or feeling pressured. It is important to feel committed to a live donation for good reasons and with no outside pressure.

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How long after a kidney donation do you need to wear a Foley catheter?

Hours: There is no need to keep a foley catheter in place for longer than the operation and immediate post op period in a kidney donor.

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What is the recovery time after kidney donation?

What is the recovery time after kidney donation?

Depends: Usually I tell patients 4-6 weeks until they can go back to most work. Very strenuous workers may need more time. This is for kidney donation performed by the laparoscopic technique. For open surgery the time will be longer. Possibly even up to 3 months. Some people recover faster and with less pain/complications than others.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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