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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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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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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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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Specifically what is your stance on live kidney donation?

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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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. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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