Living Donor Information
Becoming a living donor could save a life. If you are considering becoming a living kidney donor, please read through this information as you make your decision. The Iowa Methodist Transplant Center hopes to prepare you for each step of your living donation process.
Q: How long does a living donor kidney typically last after it is transplanted?
A: Half of living donor kidneys are still functioning after 15 years. This compares to only 10 years for deceased donor kidneys.
Q: What if my blood type does not match the person I want to donate to?
A: Incompatible kidney transplants can be done with great success, however, it requires desensitization. A more preferred method is to perform a paired exchange locally or in the national paired exchange program.
Q: I have high blood pressure. Can I donate?
A: Yes, if it is easily controlled and the medical evaluation places you at low risk for kidney disease.
Q: I am overweight. Can I donate?
A: Yes, if your risk of developing diabetes is low and the medical evaluation places you at low risk for kidney disease.
Q: Can I live with only one kidney?
A: Yes, you only need one healthy kidney to live a long, healthy life.
Q: What if I don't know anyone who needs a kidney transplant, but I still want to donate?
A: You are classified an altruistic/humanitarian donor. We will run a list of compatible patients waiting for a kidney at this center to find a potential match. You will also have the option to participate in a national/local paired exchange.
Q: Can I have children after I donate a kidney?
A: Yes. You should plan accordingly and allow recovery time in between donation and pregnancy.
Q: What if my blood type doesn't match my recipients?
A: We are part of the national paired exchange pilot study though UNOS.
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