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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Preparing for a kidney donation - suggestions needed like what to eat/drink, and how to prepare mentally?
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
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