People can live a healthy life with just one kidney. After a kidney donation, the remaining organ will increase in size and take on the task of filtering the blood. Studies have shown that 99 percent of donors would recommend live kidney donation and that people can lead a normal life after the surgery. As long as the donor is thoroughly evaluated and the donation is authorized, there is no reason why they cannot live a normal life.
When the kidney is removed, the single normal kidney will increase in size to compensate for the loss of the donated kidney. This is known as “compensatory growth” and it can increase the capacity of the remaining kidney by an average of 22.4%. After surgery to remove a kidney (nephrectomy), you may stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 nights. The rest of the recovery is usually completed at home.
Over time, your remaining kidney gets a little bigger, as it absorbs additional blood flow and works to filter waste. The following are some suggestions that may help former living kidney donors maintain a healthy lifestyle: Transplant centers must follow living kidney donors for at least 2 years after donation surgery; Insurance for the intended recipient of the kidney (Medicare or private medical insurance) covers the tests needed to determine whether or not you can be a donor (called the evaluation process), as well as the surgery and hospitalization needed for kidney donation; We have passed the Living Donor Protection Act, which protects donors from being denied life, disability or long-term care insurance after donating; There have been some cases where living donors needed a kidney later on, not necessarily because of the donation itself; Your transplant team will talk with you about any pre-existing conditions or other factors that may increase your risk of developing kidney disease, and will consider this carefully before making a decision about donating; Since the mid-to late 1990s, advances in surgical techniques have drastically improved the cosmetic outcome following live kidney donation.People who are considering becoming a kidney donor should carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of donating a kidney. Pregnancy outcomes after kidney donation appear to be similar to those of the general population. On the other hand, potential donors are likely to feel stress and worry about undergoing surgery themselves.
If you donate to a transplant center associated with the National Kidney Registry and, for some reason, need a kidney after donation, priority will be given to a kidney from a living donor. You'll also be examined to make sure you don't have any health problems that could worsen if you donate a kidney. It is generally recommended that female kidney donors wait at least 6 to 12 months after donating to become pregnant.Each donor's motivations can vary greatly, and each donor has a unique experience as they go through the process of donating their organ, from the initial decision to be evaluated as a potential donor to years after the donation occurs. In addition, it is important to discuss kidney donation with your doctor if you are considering becoming pregnant.