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Dr. Donald Alves
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I was wondering what are the pros of organ donation?

I was wondering what are the pros of organ donation?

Pro=save a life: That really is the only pro, but is a big one. You either no longer need or have 2nd organ, so donation becomes an option. If kidney, do have to have & recover from surgery to "harvest" it, but is usually minimal time. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Organ Donation (Definition)

Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
40 years in practice
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I was wondering what are the cons of organ donation and transplantation?

I was wondering what are the cons of organ donation and transplantation?

Risks exist: It depends what organ transplant is being contemplated. Organ donation is major surgery and you need a careful discussion of risks and benefits including the long term risk. This should be done with members of the transplant team who know this information the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. George Loss
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
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How do I opt out of an organ donation?

How do I opt out of an organ donation?

Just say no. : Tell your health provider no. No details need be provided to anyone else except that you are not an acceptable donor for the potential recipient. Period! ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
32 years in practice
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of organ donation?

Save life/some risk: Live donors are true heroes who save lives of others. They do have the discomfort and risk of a surgical procedure. This should all be carefully reviewed in advance at the transplant center. A donor advocate will also help protect the interests of the donor who can choose not to proceed at any point until the moment just before the operation. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. David Mulligan
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

Organ donation: Unfortunately there are many people who feel that organ donation is not a transparent process and the medical profession would prefer to allow some to die in order to recover their organs to transplant into others. In fact this is the farthest from the truth, but urban myths and stories abound that give many false impressions. Better education will help clear the myths and more lives will be saved. ...Read more

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Dr. W. James Chon
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
19 years in practice
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Is organ donation compulsory?

No: Whether you donate your organ is entirely up to you. There is a great demand for organs (heart, lungs, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea) and if you are brain-dead, it makes a lot of sense to donate your organs and give a gift of life to others. However, the decision itself is entirely up to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
32 years in practice
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Is there a market for organ donation?

Outside of the US: Unfortunately, there is a black market outside of developed countries. The patients who have been identified afterwards have had much higher rates of infections and worse outcomes. Medicare may not pay for the anti-rejection medications if the transplant was not performed at a medicare approved center. Black market transplants are dangerous. Legitimate organ donation must be increased. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Board Certified, Transplant Surgery
32 years in practice
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What could be done to encourage more organ donation?

Discuss death openly: Deceased organ and tissue donation occurs with an unexpected death. Family + loved ones are typically in shock and may not be open to discussion of topics like donation that is much better addressed in advance. For this reason, anyone who wants to be a donor should make their wishes known to their family and certainly register with a donor registry. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
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Are there any places in the us or elsewhere where organ donation is an opt-out?

Yes: If you are not interested in being an organ donor while you are alive or after you have passed, make your feelings known to your family and next of kin. In the United States your organs will not be removed without your permission if you are alive, or without permission from your next of kin if you have died. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Will my cousin be a perfect match for me for organ donation?

Not necessarily: It would depend on the tissue type of both the donor and the recipient and the degree of sensitization of the recipient (prior transplants, blood transfusions, pregnancies if any, viral infections, etc.). The proper testing needs to be done. ...Read more

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