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Is organ donation always reliable?

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

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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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?

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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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

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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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Is organ donation permitted throughout the usa?

Is organ donation permitted throughout the usa?

All over the world: Organ donation is permitted worldwide and by every religion/faith and government. ...Read more

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Why should families be concerned about organ donation?

Shortage: There is a tremendous waiting list for all organs and hundreds and thousands of patients die each year waiting for organs. Transplantation is truly a miracle and organ donation is the ultimate gift. ...Read more

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Are there risks to the donor in organ donation?

Are there risks to the donor in organ donation?

Donor risks: There sure are. Depending on what organ you're donating, risks of bleeding, infections, leaks, wound herniations, and rarely even death can occur. This is why transplant centers performing loving donor transplants must be extremely careful in evaluating donors and safely performing their surgeries. Experience matters. These donors are real heroes, taking similar risks to save others as police/fire. ...Read more

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What are the risks and realities of organ donation?

No risks after death: Donation after death has no risks. The donation team is only involved AFTER death has been declared to prevent any conflict of interest. The opportunity to save up to 8 lives through organ donation, and 60 lives through tissue donation is miraculous. Living donation is entirely different — one can donate a kidney, a part of the liver or a part of a lung. There are significant risks involved. ...Read more

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What is organ donation and transplantation done for?

What is organ donation and transplantation done for?

See below: Organ donation is performed to provide organs for those in need. Organ transplantation is performed for organ failure in diseases of the heart, lung, kidneys, live, pancreas and small intestine. Newer composite tissue transplants (hand/arm and face transplants) are becoming more common as well. ...Read more

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Who pays for or, surgeon, transport if organ donation?

Recipient: I am assuming you mean who pays if you are the live donor. All of those costs are billed to the insurance of the person who receives the organ. ...Read more

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Should owners of motorcycles register for organ donation?

Should owners of motorcycles register for organ donation?

Everyone should!: Aren't you really asking whether motorcycles are so dangerous that the consideration of end of life issues is appropriate? Truthfully, we should all think about the unpleasant topic of our own death, and what we prefer to happen with our own body. Motorcycle owners and all others can best celebrate their own lives by saving the lives of others through organ/tissue donation. ...Read more

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

Risks exist: It depends on 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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What is the status of organ donation vs transplantation need in the united states?

What is the status of organ donation vs transplantation need in the united states?

Unbalanced: Currently there are 114, 699 (as of june 24th 2012) people waiting for an organ transplant. There are approximately 17, 000 donors per year. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a doctor strongly discourage organ donation?

Special reasons: A doctor may know certain history about a patient that precludes them from being an appropriate organ donor. Perhaps a cancer history or an infection? ...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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What is the minimum age for organ donation?

Depends: Deceased donors can be almost any age. Babies need transplants too. For a living donor each center will have their own threshold but most have 19-21 as the lower limit. ...Read more

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¿why a person would not agree with organ donation?

Lots of reasons: Indeed, probably as many reasons for or against organ donation as there are people! Regardless of your own position on the subject, one cannot make a value judgment here but only give thanks for those that do donate. ...Read more

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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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What diseases would lead to needing an organ donation?

What diseases would lead to needing an organ donation?

Long-term Failure: To require an organ donation (needing a transplant) the organ in question must have irreversibly failed. The most common situation is kidney failure which requires dialysis or a transplant for the person to live. Diabetes and hypertension are the most frequent causes of kidney failure. Liver failure can be caused by hepatitis (B or C), fatty liver (from obesity) or alcohol overuse. ...Read more

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I need to know what is your opinion on organ donation?

I need to know what is your opinion on organ donation?

Everyone should!: I'm ER Dr, many people die despite the best efforts in ER. Law requires us to ask family about donation, but often they don't know or can't decide unless help on driver's license listing 'organ donor.' If was automatic, COUNTLESS lives could be saved / prolonged / improved using donated organs after '1st owner' no longer needs them. ...Read more

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I need to know what's your position on organ donation?

Everyone should!: I'm ER Dr, many people die despite the best efforts in ER. Law requires us to ask family about donation, but often they don't know or can't decide unless help on driver's license listing "organ donor." If was automatic, COUNTLESS lives could be saved / prolonged / improved using donated organs after "1st owner" no longer needs them. ...Read more

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of organ donation?

Save lives/norisk: A deceased donor is a true hero who may save multiple lives ((8 or 9 transplants from an ideal donor) and improve the quality of lives (through tissue donation) of many others. There are no risks since the person has already died. The funeral may be conducted with an open casket. What about including the words...." he/she was a hero" in a eulogy? ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: organ donation?

What is the definition or description of: organ donation?

Gifting An Organ: 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 organs at 1 time. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to decrease organ donation shortages?

Many options: There are multiple options to increase donation numbers. Improving access to information for people or families in order for them to be confident with the decision to donate is one way. Presumed consent (you are considered a donor unless you make a formal statement that you do not want to be) is another. Education is the key to promoting donation. ...Read more

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How come organ donation is optional rather than mandatory?

Privacy: People have possession of their body parts even after they die. If they agree to give them up after they die then they can be used. ...Read more

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What is being done nationally to encourage? Organ donation?

Raising awareness: Many organizations are working hard to raise public awareness. The united network for organ sharing has ongoing campaigns to raise awareness. Oftentimes newspapers or television programs highlight individual stories that lead to increasing awareness. Facebook has an awareness initiative. Local dmv centers also promote donation. ...Read more

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What's the reality of organ donation if the deceased is 60+?

It exists for some: If the patient was otherwise healthy without organ problems the liver and kidneys are routinely used. The heart, lungs, intestine or pancreas are not routinely used. Most of the time these "older" organs are considered "extended criteria" organs with a reduced lifespan compared to younger organs. They are not usually offered to young people. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more