|"We are born with approximately 4-5 times the kidney function that we need, to be healthy and stay off of dialyisis-
to not have kidney failure. So by donating one of your kidneys, you are still left with with 2-3 times the amount of
kidney function that you need to be healthy and lead a normal life"
- Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo. Vice Chairman. Department of Urology, Associate Professor of Urology and Transplantation Surgery, ,
New York Presbytarian Hospital - Weill Corneil Medical Center, New York, NY.
"High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity are the factors that account for most kidney failure."
Source of quote: "The Fight for Kidney Health" NY Daily News, February 11, 2009. For article, click here.
Why living kidney donation?
wastes and excess water from the body. Normally, this work is done by healthy kidneys. There are 2 types of dialysis. One type is done at home and the other is
done at a dialysis center. Most go to a dialysis center for treatment hooked up to a machine, 3 days a week for at least 3 hours at a time. The longer a person is
on dialysis, the more likely other health issues will develop. A person can only live a certain amount of years on dialysis. Dialysis is only a temporary treatment
until a person can receive a kidney. For more information about dialysis, click on "When is dialysis needed?" - National Kidney Foundation. Website: - www.
here. This is an article that appeared in the New York Daily News. This is an interview with Dr. Jon Bromberg, Surgical Chief,
Transplantation Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. (This is article is not on the New York Daily News website)
Thanks for clicking on the "Donate-A-Kidney" section. Hope you will consider becoming a kidney donor!
There is a great shortage of kidneys. People are dying every day because they are not able to find anyone to donate
a kidney to them. And there is a long waiting list for a kidney from a cadaver. Your considering donating a kidney is
I am in touch with many people who have already donated a kidney. All are doing great, some of us wish we can do
it again, including myself! I can put you in touch with some of the others who are happy to share their great kidney donation
experience. Please see quotes by some kidney donors on the left side of the page.
Most of the kidney donation surgery is done laproscopically, the less invasive way. Hospital stay is usually about 2 days for
When I came home from the hospital, it was business as usual, I did everything as I did before. People are generally not
bed ridden. I myself didn't do any resting. Everyone recuperates differently. Most people do take off at least 10 days from
work. There are organizations that can possibly compensate for lost wages. And, depending on the state, you may be able
to deduct from your taxes for lost wages due to organ donation. One thing to note: One cannot be paid for organ donation.
This is not legal. One has to donate a kidney altruistically - with no ulterior motives.
Once a person donates a kidney, there is no special diet that one has to be on. No medications to take. Life is
exactly the same with one kidney as with two.
cups of water a day. (This is something that most people should be doing regardless of kidney donation or not. As for
drinking water is very beneficial for many health reasons, including to possibly prevent kidney stones.)
out of it. You will find if you talk to others about your considering donating a kidney - people may tell you that you are
"crazy" for wanting to donate a kidney. Most of us who have donated a kidney have gone through this. Most of the public is
not educated about kidney donation. People don't realize one can live just as well with one kidney as with two. (Please see
quotes on the left hand side of this page by professionals in the kidney transplant field about this.) Before my brother
donated a kidney, he got negative feedback from someone he knows who thought my brother was crazy for wanting to donate
a kidney. This person admitted that he didn't know about kidney donation. My brother started to have some doubts. But I
told my brother, don't listen to people who don't know anything about kidney donation. Only speak to people who have done
it or professionals in the field. So, in the end, my brother ended up donating a kidney and was so happy he did! How well did
he do? That same day that he donated a kidney - he had almost no pain and was walking around the hospital like nothing
sure they are 100% healthy enough to donate a kidney. One is given many medical tests, to make sure of this. There
are tests that are given to the potential kidney donor. that they may not otherwise take in their lifetime. There are people who
thought they were healthy enough to donate a kidney - but through this extensive medical testing - have found out they had
health issues that they didn't know about and would have possibly otherwise not discovered. So, some of these people who
were turned down for kidney donation, their own life has been saved through the process of wanting to save another person's
I am always happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have! Please feel free to contact me. Please
click on the "Contact Us" page or e-mail me at KidneyMitzvah@aol.com. I can also put you in contact with kidney
transplant centers in your area to answer your questions and concerns as well. Or, you can feel free to contact them as well
on your own.
Please check out all the great websites regarding kidney donation, great articles about kidney donors, and video as
well - on the lower left side of this page, or on the "Websites-Kidney Donors" page, where you have more information on all
Thank you for your time in visiting my website!
Sincerest best wishes,
Kidney Donor and Kidney & Liver Matchmaker
P.S. To View My You Tube video on kidney donation - click here.
FOR THE "LIVING KIDNEY DONATION PATIENT EDUCATION HANDBOOK'' click here
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Before you can test for anyone who needs a kidney, you would need to find out what your blood type is. One of the things you
can do to find out what your blood type is, is go to donate blood and tell them to let you know what your blood type is - or, you
can go to your doctor to have a special blood test taken to find out what your blood type is. If you are going to do this at a
doctor's office, ask your doctor to put on the request form for the lab, "If A blood type, please subtype", because in most cases
people who are A blood type can only donate to an A or an AB blood type person in need of a kidney. But if your subtype is A2
you might be able to donate a kidney to someone who is B or O as well. If you are an A2B you may be able to donate to a B as
well as an AB blood type. This A2 subtype is rare but it can happen. If you are subtype A1, you can only donate a kidney to
someone who is blood type A. There is an alternative treatment to make blood-types that are different, compatible, such as
plasmapherisis, a treatment that would be done on the person in need of a kidney. But this isn't always the best alternative for
the person in need of a kidney.
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General Information on Living Donation
(Please note: Below is information provided by a particular hospital in New York. Other hospitals may have different criteria regarding
What is living donation?
living donor can be a family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister (living related donation). Living donation can also
come from someone who is emotionally related to the recipient, such as a good friend, spouse or an in-law (living unrelated
donation). In some cases, living donation may even be from a stranger, which is called non-directed donation.
people is born with one kidney and don’t even know it…..Why?….Because they are living completely normal lives.
(individuals who have been declared brain dead and their families have made the decision to donate their organs). Some living
donor transplants are done between family members who are genetically similar. A better genetic match lessens the risk of rejection.
A kidney from a living donor usually functions immediately, making it easier to monitor. Some living donor kidneys do not function
immediately, and as a result, the patient may require dialysis until the kidney starts to function. (usually two or three treatments) Are
transplants from living donors always successful? (95% of living donor kidneys are still working at one year) Although transplantation
is highly successful, and success rates continue to improve, problems may occur. Sometimes, the kidney is lost to rejection, surgical
complications or the original disease that caused the recipient’s kidney to fail.
must have compatible blood types. If the donor meets the criteria for donation, additional testing will be required to check for further
compatibility (cross matching and tissue typing) as well as physical examinations and psychological evaluation. More information on
testing and surgery procedures can be found below. The donor should make the decision voluntarily and free from internal or family
pressure. Federal law bans the sale of organs. The decision to donate needs to be made with all the information necessary to make
an informed, educated choice. Immunosuppressive medications, which keep the recipient's body from rejecting the donor kidney,
have improved greatly over the last few years. Now, a genetic link between the donor and recipient does not appear to be necessary
to ensure a successful transplant. Before surgery, the donor will receive education and counseling to help prepare mentally and
emotionally for the donation and recovery. If the donor has questions, the transplant team can help. The decision to donate will
affect all members of the person’s family and should not be taken lightly. It is quite normal for a donor and the donor’s family to have
fears and concerns about potential complications. This might be felt by some as reluctance to donate; yet it is natural reaction to a
major surgery. Potential donors should speak openly with the transplant team about these fears. All conversations between the living
donor and the transplant team and the results of medical testing will be kept confidential.
insurance, if the donation is to a family member or friend. Donors should always coordinate their tests with the transplant coordinator
at the hospital in case there are any exceptions. Time off from work and travel expenses are not covered by Medicare or private
insurance. General Health Maintenance screening such as Pap Smear, Mammogram and Colonoscopy will be billed to the donors
insurance if they have any. However, donors may be eligible for Act sick leave, state disability and the Family and Medical Leave
(FMLA). Some follow-up expenses may also not be covered, so it’s important to discuss these matters with the transplant center.
match) with your recipient you will begin a medical work up. Potential donors will have blood, urine and X-Ray tests to determine
suitability for donation. A full physical examination will be done, and psychology evaluation may also be required. Time will be allotted
for asking questions and addressing any concerns the donor may have. Before surgery, special x-rays will be taken of the donor’s
kidneys, including a spiral CT scan to check the anatomy of the kidney.
Generally, if the donation is to a family member or friend, the recipient’s insurance will pay for testing and surgery expenses.
However, until recently the donor was responsible for travel expenses (if the donor and recipient live in different towns/states) and
follow-up care, in addition to lost wages. The Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act was signed into law which contained
$5 million for reimbursing living organ donors for travel and subsistence expenses, be sure to ask the financial counselor and/or
social worker at the transplant center for assistance with these issues. It is illegal to buy or sell organs in the United States.
Can I get tested as a donor without the recipient knowing?
with kidney failure can choose to accept or reject your offer to donate. He or she has the right to decide against a transplant (though
you may feel it would help). The patient, who must live with the disease, has the right to decide what is to be done. That decision, as
well as yours, must be respected.
operating room. Generally, the donor and the recipient are in adjacent operating rooms. The kidney is carefully removed and
transplanted into the recipient. Immediately, the donor’s single kidney should take over the work previously done by the recipient’s
two kidneys. Typically, the surgery takes 3 hours with time in the recovery room recovery afterward for obseration. A kidney can be
removed in either of two ways, the traditional open surgery or the laparoscopic technique. Your transplant team can provide you with
information about the different types of surgery. Some donors may not be able to have laparoscopic surgery because of previous
surgeries or anatomical variations. These variations are generally detected during the testing process, in which the potential donor
would be notified that they would not be a candidate for laparoscopic donation. Some scheduled laparoscopic donations must be
converted to the open technique during the surgery process.
anesthesia, blood loss, and the potential for injury to the kidney or other organs during the operation. Another difference in living
donation is that the surgery is done for the recipient’s benefit and not for any medical need of the donor. This is the reason that the
donor must have a complete medical evaluation. The majority of complications following surgery are minor and may cause a longer
hospitalization. Long-term complications are rare. The risks associated with surgery and donation are that 3 in 10,000 people can
die having donor surgery. For some more information on risks - click on: - "Q&A on Living Donation" - from the National Kidney
(traditional vs laparoscopic kidney removal) although the usual stay is 2 to 3 days for either procedure. Although the rate of recovery
varies greatly among individuals, in general patients are ready to return to work 3 to 6 weeks after an open nephrectomy and 10
days to two weeks after a laparoscopic kidney removal. Patients who need to lift weights in excess of 50lbs will need to wait 12 weeks
(open procedure) or 3-4 weeks (laparoscopic procedure) before returning to manual labor activities. After leaving the hospital, the
donor will typically feel tenderness, itching and some pain and numbness as the incision continues to heal. Generally, heavy lifting is
not recommended for about six weeks following surgery. It is also recommended that donors avoid contact sports where the
remaining kidney could be injured. It is important for the donor to speak with the transplant staff about the best ways to return as
quickly as possible to being physically fit.
can lead a normal life after the surgery. When the kidney is removed, the single normal kidney will increase in size to compensate for
the loss of the donated kidney. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and the Medical
Society of Sports Medicine have suggested that people with one kidney avoid sports that involve higher risks of heavy contact or
collision. This includes, but is not limited to, boxing, field hockey, football, ice hockey, Lacrosse, martial arts, rodeo, soccer and
wrestling. This may also include extreme activities such as skydiving. Anyone with a single kidney who decides to participate in these
sports should be extra careful and wear protective padding. He or she should understand that the consequences of losing a single
kidney are very serious. Donors are encouraged to have yearly medical follow-up with their primary care doctors. A urinalysis (urine
test) and blood pressure check should be done every year, and kidney function should be checked every few years, or more often if
an abnormal urinalysis or blood pressure is found. Living donation does not change life expectancy, and does not appear to
increase the risk of kidney failure. In general, most people with a single normal kidney have few or no problems; however, you should
always talk to your transplant team about the risks involved in donation. Pregnancy after donation is possible but is usually not
recommended for at least six months after the surgery. Living donors should talk to their physician about pregnancy and have good
pre-natal care. Some branches of military service, police and fire departments will not accept individuals with only one kidney (see
http://usmilitary.about.com/library/weekly/aa082701e.htm for general information about Military Enlistment Standards). In addition, if
you are already in military service, certain new service career options may not be available to you. If you are currently in one of
these fields, or if your future plans include these career choices, you should check to see if living donation would affect your
eligibility for that particular field.
Are there any dietary restrictions prior to, or after donation?
protein diets because they can affect your kidneys (even if you had two). But those are more general health issues, and not related
to living donation per se.
developing pneumonia after surgery. In general it is best for one to stop smoking for good, but if you can’t, stop at least two weeks
before surgery. Some smokers may need to see a pulmonary specialist before donating.
instances (rare) in which living donors had difficulty changing insurance carriers after the donation, due to higher premiums or a pre-
existing waiting period. Talk to the financial counselor and social worker to find out if donation will affect your health or life insurance
interests of the donor. Physicians involved with the care of potential recipients are, and ought to be, primarily concerned with the
recipient's interests. Two separate physicians, one for the donor and not involved in the candidate or recipient's care can be a way
to eliminate any conflict of interest between the potential donor and candidate's needs. Ideally, the donor advocate is in a position to
veto the transplant if they feel it would cause unacceptable risk to the donor. You will be seen by a Nephrologist and a Surgeon who
are not involved with the care of the recipient they will act as a donor advocate for you at the hospital.
kidney donation is not for them. Likewise, some individuals with kidney failure may decide they do not want a transplant or choose
not to consider a living donor. The decision of the potential donor and recipient must be respected. Living donors may change their
minds at any time during the evaluation process without fear of embarrassment or repercussions: There may be instances in which
the potential donor seeks the support of the transplant team to decline donation. For example, if the potential donor anticipates
being ostracized from the family by saying “no” to the recipient, the transplant team could assist the potential donor in developing an
appropriate medical disclaimer, enabling the potential donor to decline gracefully... — The Authors for the Live Organ Donor
Consensus Group,” Consensus Statement on the Live Organ Donor”, JAMA, December 13, 2000— Vol 284, No. 22 (Reprinted)
Again, it is normal for donors and their families to have fears and concerns about potential complications. This is a natural reaction
to having major surgery. Speak openly with the transplant team about your fears. All conversations and results of medical testing will
be kept confidential.
get a kidney disease, whether you have one two or ten kidneys, your kidneys would fail. Kidney disease hurts kidneys. There are two
situations where having one kidney makes a difference:
1) If you have an accident and damager your remaining kidney, you don’t have a spare. You would have to go on dialysis or have a
2) If you get a kidney cancer and they need to remove your kidney to save your life, you don’t have a spare. You would need to go
on dialysis or have a transplant There have been some cases in which living donors needed a kidney later– not necessarily due to
the donation itself. As of 1996, UNOS* policy gives extra points on the waiting list to living donors to move them up to the top
can also get additional information by contacting the National Kidney Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-
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1. If I am registered with the Bone Marrow registry, can that information be used for kidney donation? No, The testing for
kidney donation is totally different. The blood of the donor and the recipient in kidney donation have to be mixed together to see if it is
compatible. And with bone marrow, it is a better match if the donor and recipient have similar backgrounds. This is not so with kidney
2. Can a man only donate a kidney to a man and a woman only to a woman
No, A man can donate to a woman and visa versa
3. If I am on medication - will I be able to donate a kidney?
It depends what you are on medication for. Someone who is taking medication to lower their blood pressure, for example, cannot. donate
a kidney, even though their blood pressure is normal, which would most likely as a result of the medication they are taking to lower their
I have been asked this question by people in the past. If no one in your family currently has diabetes, high blood pressure and a history of
kidney disease, I wouldn't let this be of great concern. I believe if you do a good deed, that good deed will be returned to you, one day.
Perhaps, if one donates a kidney, G-d in return will make sure that no one in that family will never need one. I can't guarantee this, or be
held responsible, but I am a religious person and this is my viewpoint. I know several people with very large families - who have donated
kidneys to strangers. People feel when someone out there is in great need and the need is now, to act now. We have no guaranty we will
be alive when there is a need in the family. Also, many people do develop health issues as they get older, which can make them ineligible
for kidney donation. And, even if a family member would ever need a kidney - there is a possibility you may not be a blood or tissue
match. I know a woman with 9 children who needed a kidney - all her 9 children were A blood type and she was O blood type and none of
her children were able to donate a kidney to her because an O blood type person can only receive a kidney from someone O blood type.
Also, I know of someone who wanted donate a kidney to her son, She was O blood type - a universal donor and her son was A. So even
though she is a universal blood type, she was tested and was not a match,and therefore couldn't donate a kidney to her son. If you donate
a kidney and G-d forbid will later on ever have a family member in need of a kidney, I will put that person in need of a kidney before
everyone else on my list who is in need of a kidney and will not rest until I find a kidney donor for that person!
5. Does donating a kidney have any impact on my being able to have more children in the future?
No, Many people who have successfully donated a kidney have had children after kidney donation.
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