Q&A on Living Donation

Table of Contents:

General Information on Living Donation
Where Do I Start?
The Evaluation Process
Making the Decision
Financial and Insurance Issues
The Surgery
What to Expect After Donation
For Transplant Candidates

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8. For Transplant Candidates

  1. I need a transplant. How can I ask someone to be my living donor?
  2. What if I don't have a living donor?

I need a transplant. How can I ask someone to be my living donor?'

This is a tough issue, and depends on you and your loved ones. All families are different. Many people found that their family members or friends brought up the subject of living donation. Others found asking someone they loved to donate too difficult - and didn't feel comfortable asking people directly, not wanting to pressure anyone to donate.

Others were able to overcome their fear of asking loved ones to risk surgery as they learned more about transplantation and donation. Taking the time to educate their families and friends about kidney transplantation and donation helped. You might want to ask your transplant center for brochures about donation, and share them with your friends or family members. Sharing as much factual information as you can, along with sharing your thoughts about your progress, your options, your hopes and dreams helps you and your family think about whether living donation is right for you. If you can, take your time, move slowly, and get all the information possible.

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What if I don't have a living donor?

You will need to work through your transplant center to discuss living donation. If you are trying to find a kidney donor, the best way to do this is to have interested family members and friends tested for a potential match. If you cannot find a donor this way, you should be placed on the transplant waiting list by your physician and transplant social worker.

You can also request a booklet on "Waiting for a Transplant" by contacting the NKF Cares at 1-855-NKF-Cares (653-2273). The booklet addresses some of the practical and emotional considerations in waiting for a transplant.

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