Who can donate?
Living kidney donors must be 18 years of age or older and be in very good medical and psychological health.
What is the process?
A potential donor meets with a nurse for an initial screening and completes blood and urine tests, and x-ray studies. The potential donor also meets with physicians to make sure there are no medical issues that would prevent donation. Counseling and education are provided throughout the process. The potential donor has the right to opt out of donation at any time.
Life after kidney donation
Studies suggest that long-term health after donation is good. Donors live just as long as if they had not donated a kidney. The donor’s chance for a long, normal, and healthy life remains the same with one kidney.
Did you know?
- Living kidney donation does not reduce a person’s life expectancy.
- Living kidney donation does not increase the risk of developing kidney disease.
- Living kidney donation does not affect the outcomes of pregnancy or childbirth.
- Living kidney donation does not increase the risk of developing poor health.
How do I know if living kidney donation is the right decision for me?
This is a question that only the donor can answer. Living donation is not for everyone. Potential donors may find it helpful to talk with another person who has been a living donor. Donors will also have an opportunity to talk with an independent living donor advocate (ILDA). The ILDA advocates for potential living donors by helping to promote the donor’s best interest.
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