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Live Kidney Donation
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
The donor gives part: And keeps the rest, enough to live on. The liver that remains regenerates almost to 100% of original size and function. ...Read more
Yes, yes, yes: Sex is an important part of life quality - feel empowered to discuss openly with your transplant team. Some men have difficulty with erections because of hypertension, diabetes and medications they must take - usually treatable. You must also consider possible impact of immunosuppressants on causing abnormal sperm (risk is probably low). Overall, odds are good for being active. Be responsible too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Certain restrictions: If you mean living donors. Those with abnormal kidneys, or conditions that would put them at future risk for kidney disease. Those with other problems that make elective surgery unsafe, or can transmit a disease to the recipient. Those who can not demonstrate that their decision to donate is made with informed consent and free of undue coercion from others. Those that are being paid to donate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A living kidney donor is undergoing a surgery he or she does not need and needs to weigh the potential risks he/she is willing to take. In the U.S., the mortality rate associated with the donor nephrectomy is 0.02-0.03% and the rate of major complication is 3-6%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contact organ bank: Or research local hospital where kidney transplants are performed & contact their transplant or nephrology department to inform them of your wish to donate. In philly, you could call kidney transplant program at children's hospital or at u. Penn. In new england can contact www.Neob.Org. By donating you would be giving the gift of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Life for an amputee: The patient needs to be evaluated for arterial disease of his heart and brain. Peripheral artery disease (pad) is found system wide, not only in the legs. He should be scheduled for a stress echocardiogram to see if he has ischemic disease of his coronary arteries, if positive, angiography of his coronary vessels needs to be done. He also needs a carotid artery scan to see if he has disease there. ...Read more
Removes antibodies: Plasma exchange or plasmapheresis is designed to remove antibodies (proteins) from the plasma fraction of the blood, which is then replaced with other plasma or albumin. It is done when the recipient has antibodies targeting the hla antigens in the donor. It may be done before or after the transplant; and is useful to prevent or treat rejections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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