FAQs Regarding Living Kidney Donation
No. Donors are advised to limit consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen.
No, although there are risks associated with any major surgery. Studies have shown that kidney donors have a longer lifespan than the general population, presumably due to the fact that the average kidney donor is healthier than the average adult in the general population.
The recipient’s insurance pays for the donor’s testing, evaluation, and surgery.
Living kidney donors are highly prioritized if they ever need a deceased donor kidney.
A donor candidate may withdraw their decision until the anesthesiologist renders them unconscious.
Donors may not be compensated for donating a kidney. However, expenses associated with a donation (travel, lodging, etc.) may be reimbursed through the National Kidney Registry Donor Shield suite of protections, the National Living Donor Assistance Center, or American Living Organ Donor Fund. You may also be eligible for lost wage reimbursement through one of these organizations.
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