How are living kidney donors evaluated?

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In order to be evaluated as a kidney donor you must be healthy and without diseases that may lead to kidney failure. These include diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). A potential donor is first tested for blood type compatibility with the potential recipient. After blood type compatibility is confirmed, the healthcare team will perform several other tests. These tests are done to look for complications that could possibly cause the recipient’s body to reject the new kidney; they also identify any health problems in the potential donor that would make him or her unsuitable as a donor.

A couple of weeks before the scheduled transplant surgery, a kidney donor is given a complete physical examination and advised of any other instructions before the hospital admission. An evaluation from a social worker is done to make sure the donation is being done willingly and without pressure.

Before the operation, the surgical procedure is explained in great detail, along with the possible risks and complications.

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