If you are considering becoming a living organ donor, you probably have questions. Although most living donors are relatives or friends of the recipient, this is not a requirement. Individuals can be evaluated as altruistic or anonymous living donors to match with anyone in need, based on body size and blood type.
What can I expect with living organ donation?
You will participate in an extensive evaluation to ensure you are healthy and at minimal risk for complications. In general, donors should be between 19 and 50 years old without chronic medical illnesses, and should be at a healthy weight determined by body mass index (BMI).
Surgery usually lasts approximately four to six hours. If at any point your surgeon is concerned about your condition, the surgery will be stopped. Your safety is our primary concern. Most living donors are in the hospital for five to seven days after surgery, and will continue to recover at home for four to six weeks after.
Why you should choose Nebraska Medicine
As the only living donor facility in Nebraska, we offer follow-up information six months, one year and two years after donation, including lab work, clinic visits and more. When the care required needs the most innovative, cutting-edge and unique services available, Nebraska is the place to be. Learn more about our world-renowned transplant program.
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