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The Benefits of Living Kidney Donation

The Benefits of Living Kidney Donation

Author: Marcelle Chaffin

09/08/2020·In: What to expect as a Living Donor?

Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list and 82% of patients waiting are in need of a kidney. There are approximately 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a Kidney Donor, but only about 17,000 people receive a kidney yearly. Out of those who donated, only 40 - 50% of them were Living Kidney Donors. Living Kidney donations offer the best opportunity for a longer survival rate, lasting nearly twice as long as kidneys from a deceased donor. On average, a living donor kidney can function anywhere between 12 to 20 years where a deceased donor kidney can improve quality of life for 8 to 12 years. Because a person can live with only one kidney, living donation offers another choice for some transplant recipients. The average wait time for a donor kidney from a deceased donor is 3 to 5 years. With living donation, a patient may be able to receive a transplant in 1 year or less .

A kidney from a living donor offers many benefits:

  • Living donation eliminates the recipient's need for placement on the national waiting list.
  • The recipients know the donor, his/her lifestyle choices, and medical history.
  • Living donor kidneys almost always start functioning immediately, where as deceased donor kidneys can take from a few days to a few weeks to start functioning.
  • Health deteriorates the longer someone remains on dialysis.
  • A kidney transplant doubles the life expectancy compared to staying on kidney dialysis treatment.
  • May be able to avoid being on dialysis at all.
  • The recipient has time to plan for the transplant.
  • Waiting for a deceased donor can be very stressful and unhealthy.
  • The surgery can be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time rather than performed on an emergency basis.
  • Perhaps the most important aspect of living donation is the psychological benefit. The recipient can experience positive feelings knowing that the gift came from a loved one or a caring stranger. The donor experiences the satisfaction of knowing that he or she has contributed to the improved health of the recipient. And save a life!

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