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How Safe is Kidney Donation?

Feb 12th 2020 at 11:34 PM

Kidney donation is the noblest act a person can do in order to save the lives of others. But it has certain health risks associated with it.

In this article, we would try to figure out whether kidney donation is safe for the donor’s health or not.

Many studies are carried out on people (who had donated their kidneys) to know the long-term consequences of living kidney donation. And, the result has good news; doctors reported in their studies that living donors should expect to live a full, healthy life.

However, some living kidney donors have reported that they have experienced long-term problems like pain, intestinal obstruction, hernia, and nerve damage. Living kidney donors may be at greater health risks such as reduced kidney function, proteinuria, and high blood pressure. The risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is high in kidney donors in comparison with the general population. But, the overall study suggests that living kidney donors have almost the same survival rate as that of non-donors.

The life expectancy of Living donors does not change, and after the surgery, most donors go on to lead healthy, happy and active lives. Kidney transplant surgery requires less recovery time and living kidney donors can resume their normal lifestyle within the course of two to six weeks. If we are talking about liver donors, they generally need a time span of a minimum of two months to resume their normal lives. Although transplantation has a high success rate, chances of complications in the donor and recipient still exist. Therefore, donors and organ recipients are always advised to take regular health check-up after surgery.

The liver has the ability of regeneration and to regain its full function. But in living kidney donors, the remaining kidney will slightly enlarge as it has now to perform the function that both the healthy kidney shares. Like any other surgery, kidney transplant also has both short and long term risks associated with it. Surgical risks include infection, pain, pneumonia, blood clots, blood loss, allergic reactions to anesthesia, failure of an organ, etc.  As modern surgical techniques are advancing and organ transplantation become common, the chances of complications or risks after surgery continue to decrease.

If after surgery you will go through mixed emotions or struggle to lead a happy life, you can follow the below points:

•          During your follow-up visits let your transplant team know how you are feeling both mentally and physically.

•          Talk with the social worker and other living donors for moral support and guidance.

•          Seek professional counseling from an expert psychologist.


In many studies, it has seen that kidney donors lead a healthier life than the person who has not donated any of his/her organs. Furthermore, living donors acquire the ability to tolerate surgery well. In India, the living kidney donation can be done only by the family member (for example, brother, sister, child, parent, etc.) or close relative.

I hope you would like this article. Thanks for reading!

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