Donating a kidney requires careful consideration of risks and benefits. Thank you for taking the first step to see if it is right for you.
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Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ (or part of an organ) for transplantation to another person. Thanks to improved medications, a genetic link between the donor and recipient is no longer required to ensure a successful transplant. (1)
Organs transplanted from living donors are much more likely to result in better outcomes for the recipient. Additionally, wait times for transplantation can be substantially reduced, from many years to a year or less. Thirteen people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. (2)
Any healthy adult can be considered!
The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to call the Team Jill kidney donor hotline at (805)796-2840 to have your questions answered and participate in an initial screening. After that, there is a medical questionnaire and phone interview with the transplant center. If you are selected to move forward, there will be medical testing and reviews that take a few months to complete.
All medical expenses are covered by Jill’s insurance. Other expenses (such as lost income) may be considered for reimbursement by Team Jill. Additionally, Team Jill is committed to providing assistance and support to a donor and his/her family during the entire process (such as transportation, meals, emotional, etc.)
Most donated kidneys are removed laparoscopically through small incisions. Typically, a donor spends two days in the hospital, and will have an additional four to six weeks of recovery time. (3) When one kidney is removed, the remaining kidney will increase in capacity to compensate. Studies show that total kidney function returns to roughly 70% within 10 to 11 days, and about 70 to 80% at long term follow-up. Donors will also have a scar from the donor operation. (4)
As with any surgical procedure, there are usual short-term risks of infection, anesthesia, etc. While the amount of research into the long-term risks of kidney donation is limited, most studies suggest that you can live a normal, healthy life with one kidney. (4) We recommend that you fully research all of the benefits and risks yourself.