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When You Are a Kidney Transplant Donor Who Needs a Replacement for the Organ

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The ultimate kinds of Kidney failures & treatment have one plot in common- someone needs a kidney, and someone provides one. But there is no happily ever after in this scenario because many questions linger over this story line.


What happens to the donor afterwards? How effective are the medicines? Do the side effects take over the donor’s ability to live a normal life? What if, at some point in future, the donor loses their remaining kidney and needs a transplant? Is there a hierarchy, any advantage to being a donor?

I can list many such questions. If I ask you to help put a case of acute renal failure treatment to rest by donating one of your kidneys, there is a chance that you’ll come up with way more questions than I ever could.

There Are Side Effects- Some More Persistent Than Others

You are giving away one of your organs. Even though your body can live prosperously on 50% renal function, (i.e. on one kidney) when you think in years or decades, it is reasonable to wonder how your future at the age of seventy could take a whole different turn.

Surgical complications and any infections to the wound are significant side effects of donating organs. You could face severe pain, blood loss, clot formation, and allergic reaction to prescribed drugs or the anaesthesia.

Infections resulting in pneumonia or any injury that could damage a good portion of the surrounding organ and tissue space could also turn fatal.

Kidney Donors Get Chronic Kidney Diseases Too

Long-term risks include high BP. Your urine could also get richer in protein content. Your hernia could act up.

It is also possible that after a point, your single kidney would give up and you’ll need a transplant or dialysis, whichever is feasible.

Let's Clear a Misconception- Just Because You Were a Donor Doesn't Entitle You to Jump the Queue and Get the First Available Organ

The process doesn’t make exceptions. For anybody.

If you are diagnosed with a situation that could lead to kidney failure, treatment will follow the regular course. You will get a score, and your handler will put you on a list.

The only advantage you will get here as a once-upon-a-time organ donor is a few extra points and thus a slight accent in the list of people demanding new kidneys for replacement.

In a way, the system does prioritise you. In other words, there isn’t an abundance of spare organs, to begin with, so the little priority you get might or might not make much difference.

It Doesn't Mean That You Turn Away from the Idea of Organ Donation

Kidney failure treatments, after a point, look up to either Dialysis or transplantation. And cadaver organs aren’t that easy to come by in general.

To get a match for a body in the current system is a big coincidental miracle in itself. Although no one can force or pressurise you to donate an organ, do remember that if you are a match for someone, it means you can give someone a new life, save them from death.

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