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Doctor insights on: Organ Donation Pros And Cons

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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


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Hi what are the cons of organ donation after death?

Hi what are the cons of organ donation after death?

Organ donation: Well if you are donating after death then there are no CONS for you as you are already dead. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is organ donation always reliable?

No: The organs don't always work. Sometimes when they do work the patient's other medical conditions get worse and they die. Sometimes a problem with the organ (such as an infection or blood type issue) can come up after the transplant and cause major problems. ...Read more

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Why is organ donation so important?

Why is organ donation so important?

Dire need of organs: Unfortunately many patients with end-stage organ diseases are in need of organ transplants but the availability of transplantable organs does not meet the need. In the U.S., an average of 18 patients die while waiting for an organ. Registering for organ donation gives these patients with end-stage organ diseases a new lease on life after the registered donor dies. ...Read more

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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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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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Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

No: There will be external scars from where the organ retrieval process occurred but a normal burial is possible, open casket and all if so desired. ...Read more