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Living Donor 101 Stats for November

Looking at the keywords folks used to find LD101 says a lot about what people are concerned about.

Kidney donor complications
risks of being a kidney donor
living kidney donor risks
live kidney donor risks
long term repercussions of being a live organ donor
kidney donation risks

3 replies on “Living Donor 101 Stats for November”

Just shows that people are intelligent and not stupid. Of course they are going to look to see the downsides of living donation. The main thing is to be fair in criticism. Not to be totally focused on the downsides and statistics re hospitals involved in complications; ages; male or female etc etc are also required which are rarely given. Of course there are complications as there are with any surgery and it is pleasing that people are doing their research. As long as the answers they come up with are not biased one way or another.

I donated kidney successfully, the left kidney and had bad pain in the left testicle but then I was warned about that. I also got some nerve pain in abdomen which lasted about 2 months when bending, I also was aware that could happen. The after care I received was superb and I was well monitored and looked after. It was well worth those two complications to save someone's life.

Technically, you didn't save anyone's life. Not only is a transplant not a cure, there are other treatments for kidney disease (dialysis), unlike those disorders that affect the liver, heart, etc. (and not every transplant is successful; would your complications had been 'worth it' had your recipient not improved?)

While I'm glad you had what you perceive to be a positive experience with your transplant center, understand that not every transplant center is the same, as indicated by this blog post, dated Dec. 1st: http://christinerobinsonvoices.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/living-kidney-donor-advocacy-fail/

Also know that 20-30% of living donors experience depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms post-donation regardless of the transplant's outcome. Yet not a single transplant center in the U.S. offers structured support services or aftercare.

ETA: OPTN refuses to release transplant center specific complication and death rates. If you refer to their 'request data' page, the Terms of Service specifically prohibit an individual from revealing this information. OPTN is run by the those who benefit from transplants, most specifically transplant centers, so they protect each other rather than the patients and the public.

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