Kidney Donation

What are the risks of a kidney donation?

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  • Dr. Dorry L. Segev - Risks of kidney donation
    A kidney donation surgery is one of the safest operations that one could have in the operating room. Learn more from Dr. Dorry L. Segev of Johns Hopkins Medicine about donating a kidney.

  • Risks to the donor are small and manageable, but include pain, infection, pneumonia, blood clotting, collapsed lung, and allergic reaction to anesthesia. The risk of death is extremely low – 3 in every 10,000 procedures, which is a lower risk than driving to work each day. Donating a kidney will not prevent donors from becoming pregnant or from fathering a child.
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