Organ Transplantation

Organ Transplantation is a medical procedure in which an organ is removed from one body and placed in the body of a recipient, to replace a damaged or missing organ. The donor and recipient may be at the same location, or organs may be transported from a donor site to another location.

How do they match organ donors?
A match is good if the donor and recipient have compatible blood types. This is to increase the chance that the recipient's body accepts the new kidney. Blood is made up of four parts: red blood cells (carry oxygen to your organs and tissues)

What are the three types of donors?
There are three types of living donors:

  • Living related donors (LRD) are donors who are blood relatives of the recipient
  • Living unrelated donors (LURD) are not blood related and are usually spouses or friends of the recipient
  • A third type of living donor is called an altruistic donor or non-directed donor

How long do organ transplants last?
Individuals that receive a pancreas transplant can expect the organ to last for ten years or more, on average. It is a very durable therapy and is able to function for many, many years when a patient is compliant, and especially when early rejection episodes are avoided. Do organ donors feel pain?
You may—it's not certain, but you might—feel pain during surgery.

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