Doctor insights on:
Kidney Donation For Money
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
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
See below: To give another a chance to an improved life. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Preparing for a kidney donation - suggestions needed like what to eat/drink, and how to prepare mentally?
Friend recently had a double transplant; kidney and liver. How old do you have to be for kidney donation?
Over 18 to donate:
If the us, one must be over 18 to donate an organ.
A person under 18 may donate one if his/her parents sign the consent document for the donation. ...Read more
If I am thinking of doing a non directed donor kidney donation, is there an advantage to doing it now or waiting 1/2 yrs? At the rate of stem cells and dialysis will it no longer be neccisary in 2 yrs
A noble decision: You are very sweet to consider donating a kidney. As you know organs can save lives and no matter when, it will benefit someone. Make sure you are in good health yourself and that none of your family members have kidney disease. When you have only one kidney left also avoid extreme sports and sports that involve blunt trauma/falls. To decide when and where is all up to you. ...Read more
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
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
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
Against the law: Payment for an organ, or exchange of "valuable consideration" is prohibited by the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA)in the US and be equivalent laws in all other countries except Iran where it is legal. But your expenses (travel, parking, childcare) can be legally covered. In the US, the govt and the asts are actively studying whether payment for such costs removes a reason not to donate ...Read more