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Doctor insights on: Live Kidney Donation

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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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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Do not miss dialysis sessions
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Eat low phosphorus foods
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Eat low potassium diet
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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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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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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. ...Read more

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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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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink two to three quarts of water every day
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Use over-the-counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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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 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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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

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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! ...Read more