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What is your opinion of a live kidney donation?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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%.

In brief: 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%.
Dr. W. James Chon
Dr. W. James Chon
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
However, there are several problems. This may prevent you from getting insurance. If you have complications from the surgery, you may or may not have any recourse or be able to get treatment. Some programs bill your insurance for the procedure and the lab testing, too! Read all fine print!
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Excellent, however

In the process of helping someone, you need to be evaluated to be sure that you are disease free, or else you may need dialysis yourself, later on.
Also, psychosocial eval is done by transplant centers to make sure the recipient is able to render adequate care to the precious kidney in order to realize a 20 years longevity or near, which is on the average 5 years more than cadaveric (bank) kidneys.

In brief: Excellent, however

In the process of helping someone, you need to be evaluated to be sure that you are disease free, or else you may need dialysis yourself, later on.
Also, psychosocial eval is done by transplant centers to make sure the recipient is able to render adequate care to the precious kidney in order to realize a 20 years longevity or near, which is on the average 5 years more than cadaveric (bank) kidneys.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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