Research Findings Highlight Shockingly Low Risk Of Needing A Kidney After Being A Living Kidney Donor




A viewer said, "I want to donate to a person whose story I saw online, but I am concerned about the risk since I am a healthy person. What are the odds of me needing a Kidney Transplant if I donated one of my kidneys?"

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One of the biggest reasons that people who want to become Living Kidney Donors decide against it, is because they are misinformed or concerned about the risks associated with Living Kidney Donation. By all measures, the process of Living Kidney Donation is (1) thorough, (2) simple to begin, (3) very safe. What's more, if a Kidney Donor ever needed a Kidney Transplant (which again is highly unlikely) then they would be given first placement on the list to receive a Kidney Transplant as soon as possible. Still, to highlight just how safe the process of Living Kidney Donation truly is, take a look at the shockingly low risk published by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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To help provide accurate estimates for long-term risks of Living Kidney Donation, a team led by Dr. Dorry Segev (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), studied information on 133,824 Living Kidney Donors from 1987 to 2015, as reported to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. The overall risk was quite low: the investigators predicted that the median risk of kidney failure was only 1 case out of 10,000 (0.001 odds) donors at five years after donation. To put this into better perspective, donors are more likely to experience the following happenings than to be diagnosed with Kidney Failure after donating a kidney:

  • Dying from heart disease - 1 in 3
  • Dating a millionaire - 1 in 215
  • Writing the best-selling novel - 1 in 220
  • Being struck by lightning in your lifetime - 1 in 3,000 (according to National Geographic Flash Facts).
  • Getting hit by a car in the United States - 1 in 4292 
  • Being injured while using a chain saw - 1 in 4644
  • Getting injured by a toilet - 1 in 10,000

Hopefully, these events put Living Kidney Donation into perspective and encourage any person that either has not considered being a donor or has considered the idea, but was deterred because of an inaccurate perception that the procedure was risky, to begin the process to see if they can be a lifesaving donor. This usually starts with a phone call to a Living Kidney Donor Transplant Coordinator or completing an online questionnaire at the clinic where your desired recipient is listed. 

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Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should get the word out that Living Kidney Donation is a safe process for by sharing this article far-and-wide and encouraging others (family members, friends,  and other patients) to do the same. Also, if you have not already begun your online outreach program with, then get it started today by clicking here

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