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Living Donor

Why living donor transplantation?

 

All patients with kidney failure should consider living donor kidney transplantation as a treatment option. Living donor transplantation is a better option over deceased donor transplantation due to

  • Better overall survival,

  • No wait time,

  • Better kidney quality and

  • Emotional attachment with the donor.

Living donor transplantation types
  • Living Related Donor Transplants (brother, sister, parents, children)

  • Living Unrelated Transplant
 (spouse, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, co-worker)

  • Living Altruistic Donor Transplants
 (an altruistic kidney donor is a person who donates one of his or her kidneys to a complete stranger)

Donor blood type compatibility
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Donor exchange transplants
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What kidney donors should know?

 

  • Kidney donation has to be altruistic. Altruistic means "well being of others"

  • Kidney donors will undergo thorough blood and urine tests for kidney function, liver function, infections, heart tests and X rays.

  • Kidney donors should not have major medical problems [chronic infections, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, major organ diseases (kidney, liver, lung, heart, blood or brain)]

  • Kidney donors must stay in the hospital for a few days immediately after donation.

  • Kidney donors will have some pain immediate after surgery.

  • Kidney donors can return to work in 2-6 weeks after donation.