Infographic: Becoming A Living Organ Donor

Path to Donate Life

Living organ donation is a wonderful act of generosity and courage. When someone donates an organ, it not only shortens the waiting time for the person receiving the organ, but reduces the pressure on the waiting list for others. Living donation gives hope to people waiting for a transplant.

1) Consider And Discuss

  • Take time to reflect on your decision to become a living organ donor.
  • Ask yourself: Can I take time to heal? How will I feel if the organ fails?
  • Reach out to a trusted confidant to talk through the benefits and challenges.

2) Take An Online Questionnaire

  • Easy, commitment-free step.
  • Mayo Clinic reviews your questionnaire to see if living organ donation is an option for you, based on your medical history.

3) Talk With The Experts

  • A phone call with a Mayo Clinic transplant nurse will help answer your questions.
  • Other transplant experts, such as a living donor advocate and social worker, offer support and help you prepare for next steps.

4) Get Exams And Tests

  • Get exams and tests to see how well the organ matches.
  • Better match = higher chance of success.

5) Donate - Save A Life

  • Surgery to donate a kidney is usually done using a minimally invasive technique.
  • For living liver transplant, surgery removes part of the liver. The remaining part grows back to its normal size within a few months after surgery.

6) Recover

  • People who donate a kidney usually stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days.
  • People who donate part of a liver usually stay in the hospital for 4 to 7 days.
  • Most people can go back to normal activity 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.
  • Support network helps with physical and emotional recovery.

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