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What are the risks of becoming a kidney donor?

Donating a kidney has not caused an increase in other health problems for donors. Organ donors continue to be carefully studied by many research groups in the United States. The risk of death following kidney donation is extremely rare.

What limitations will I have after I have donated a kidney?

Donating a kidney will not cause any limitations in your normal daily activities. After the recovery from your surgery, you will be able to resume all of your normal activities, including exercising and participating in sports.

Donating a kidney will not affect your ability to become pregnant, carry a child to term, or father a child.

Who pays my hospital costs?

In the United States, your medical costs will be covered by the recipient's medical insurance. Most insurance companies cover 100% of the medical costs of a transplant, including pretransplant evaluations and lab tests. If the recipient does not have medical insurance, your medical costs will be covered by Medicare.

More information

For more information on becoming a kidney donor, see:

  • Transweb at www.transweb.org.
  • National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
  • American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) at www.aakp.org.
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) at www.donatelife.org or www.transplantliving.org.
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Last Updated: May 07, 2012
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