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Kidney Transplant in India, Donating an Organ and Things You Should Know about It

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A human has two kidneys. And to donate one of them is not an easy feat, no matter how many times you hear the you'll live on one kidney’ deal. However, when it is a loved one on the line for a kidney transplant (in India or elsewhere).


You want to help them and sometimes, donating a kidney appears to be the only way to do so. You have questions, naturally. Scroll through, and you’ll find some, if not all, the answers you seek.

Can You Truly Live with Just One Kidney?

You can.

You see, your kidney’s ability to clear your blood of waste and excess fluid depends on its renal function level. Two healthy organs mean 100% renal function, which means no worries. One healthy kidney means 50% renal function which is appropriate for handling your body.

It is a cause of worry only when your renal function goes down below 15% or 10% because then, you will need dialysis or a transplant.

How Would You Know That You Are Healthy Enough to Donate?

Your doctor will ask you to go through some tests to find out where your health stands. A blood and urine test, an ultrasound or an X-Ray maybe. These tests will let you and your doctor know if you can donate or not.

Even if you are otherwise healthy but have diabetes or high blood pressure, you won’t be allowed as a kidney donor.

The 'Indian Transplantation of Human Organs Act' prohibits minors from donating unless all the details and the consent is entirely checked through. So, if you are an underage in India, kidney transplant rules should be on your ‘to review and understand’ list.

Who Can Have Your Donated Kidney?

You can choose to grant your organ to a family member (parents, children, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren) or a stranger (a friend, an in-law, a neighbour, or a long-distance relative.)

You can’t, however, sell your kidney to a patient. As per the rules for the kidney transplant in India, that is illegal under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and thus, a crime too.

What Happens to You During and After the Surgery?

Your doctor will take care of most of the things. However, keep an eye open for as long as you can and then appoint someone to do so on your behalf to make sure that you’re being taken care of while you're out.

After the surgery, you’ll have medicines to manage the pain. You’ll be asked to regain movement soon, possibly a few days after the surgery.

Since you’ll have to live with one kidney after the donation, the initial months can be a bit different. Talk to your doctor about any blood pressure issues, and about how you can stay away from any infections due to the surgery.

You Can Talk to Us

ZealthDoc has a strong network of kidney donors and patients, both in and outside of India. In case the mentioned answers aren’t the ones that are causing that crease on your forehead, let us know. We also facilitate kidney transplants in India and sport a collection of top-notch hospitals and teams of doctors who can advise you on your decisions.

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  1. grace March 07, 2017 07:12 am

    Thanks for,the info,,,,,,but i need yo help my fnd needs to donate his kidney in exchange for money....

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