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After a Kidney Donation at the Iowa Methodist Transplant Center

After an Organ Donation

Post-Surgery

Q: Am I at increased risk of kidney disease myself after I donate?

A: No. Donors are carefully selected and are less likely to develop kidney disease when compared to the general population. The safety of the donor is priority and kept separate from the recipient's needs. 

Q: How much kidney function am I left with after donation?

A: Seventy percent. The remaining kidney grows and becomes a better filter, which means that only about 30 percent of kidney function is lost. In younger individuals (under 40), the total kidney function can return to close to pre-donation levels.

Q: What is my risk for needing dialysis after I donate a kidney?

A: Four-tenths of a percent (0.4%). The baseline risk of developing kidney failure is the same as that of the general population with the same risk profile; in other words, extremely rare. In your evaluation testing we look very carefully at your risk factors and testing results to make sure you are healthy enough to donate a kidney. (If a donor would end up needing a kidney transplant themselves, they get priority on the waiting list. The risk of end stage kidney disease, and the need for dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant is between 0.10 to 0.52%; this risk may be higher if the prospective donor is African American).

Q: What is my risk of dying from the donor surgery?

A: The risk of dying from living kidney donor surgery is 0.04 percent. 

Q: What is the follow up after donation?

A: You will follow up in our Transplant Clinic at 2 weeks and 6 weeks after surgery. We will also follow up with phone calls and labs at 6 months, 1 year and 2 years post-donation.

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