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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. ...Read more

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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


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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 ...Read more

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Do people stay home for a few weeks after going through a kidney donation?

Usually: Most living kidney donors stay in the hospital for 2 days. They need to be able to eat and drink without difficulty and post-op pain needs to be under good control with oral pain meds. As to how fast one can go back to work depends on how uneventful your surgery was and what kind of work you do. On average, most of the living donors I see need 3-6 wks before returning to work. ...Read more

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How can the testing process start for kidney donation if you live in different states?

Telephone screening: Many living kidney donors are evaluated initially in their home states. The early steps include answering telephone screening questions, blood and urine tests to determine kidney function, blood type and compatibility, etc. Only if those are promising will the transplant center want you to be evaluated by a local donation center or to come to their center. Very common to work remotely. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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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How many days will i be out of class after a kidney donation?

How many days will i be out of class after a kidney donation?

4-6 weeks: Although most donors are healthiest of the healthy people, the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy will put you out of commission for a good 4-6 weeks. Living donors usually require pain meds for at least a couple of weeks and they will not be able to be back to their usual level of activity for some time. ...Read more

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