The benefits may be very personal to you. In general, donors feel fulfilled to help a loved one regain a more normal lifestyle free from dialysis.
You have made a decision that will positively affect someone's life. Kidney transplant surgery offers several benefits for the recipient, including:
As with any surgery, kidney donation surgery has risks. Possible risks include:
If you work in a job that puts your physical safety at risk (such as a police officer, firefighter or the military), talk with the transplant coordinator before making the commitment to donate.
After you finish your blood and other tests, the transplant coordinator will give the information to the transplant team. The team will make a decision based on your health history, current health and how you are prepared emotionally to donate a kidney. The transplant coordinator will give you the decision and answer any questions.
Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital