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What Happens When You Donate Organs

By: Debdatta Mazumder

Today, medical unit throughout the world is in great need of organs for transplantation, as this has become one of the vital treatment procedures to give dying patients a new life.

Still, in some countries, people don't have enough awareness about organ donation. Yes, it is true that you have many questions regarding this procedure, but it is guaranteed that you will feel happy to give life to a person. This is what happens when you donate your organs.

Does donation of organs affect your health? This is one of the most common doubts that arise in people's minds.

Actually, there are some organs that you can donate during your lifetime and you won't have any serious long-term health issues.

Also Read: 8 Essential Health Benefits Of Donating Blood (World Blood Donor's Day)

It is possible to donate a kidney, a part of pancreas, liver, intestine and even lung. Human body can compensate for the missing part of the organs.

So, you must not get tensed about the effects of organ donation and unnecessarily worry about it, as it is not harmful for your body.

If you want to donate your organs after death, you have to fill up an organ donor card. After death, all cost of tests and operations, related to donations, will be carried by the patient's family. So, your family won't need to bear any cost.

So, here are few of the things that can happen when you decide to donate a part of your organ, have a look.


1. Immense Pain Initially:

Sometimes, there are cases when a living donor goes through an excruciating pain after donating a kidney. The post-surgical pain is common, but in some cases, the scars fade but not the pain. Hence, talk to the specialists for proper treatments in such cases.


2. Blood Clots:

Yes, this is another risk that many donors face. You need complete rest and good treatment after the surgery. Being a living donor gives you the chance to see the person you are saving. However, you must be sure about your health.


3. Risk Of Infections:

Now, living donors also go through a surgery while donating. Surgical wounds may cause further infections at the incision area. So, a proper medical guidance is required for you to recover soon from the surgery.


4. Kidney Failure:

Not for general population, but young and minor people are at the risk of kidney failure after donation. Before taking the decision, you should go in for a complete medical check-up and talk to your doctor about the consequences.


5. Complications In The Liver:

A liver donation may cause infection, abdominal bleeding, hernia, bile leakage, etc, for the donor. Therefore, you should have a clear idea about the consequences before taking any decision.


6. Improved Quality Of Life:

What happens when you donate organs? You not only save a life, but your healthy organ can make the person lead a better life. If you donate your eyes, those will serve a person to see the world, and see it through your eyes. The thought is really very special indeed.


7. Large Impact For The Person Who Receives It:

Today, the medical science has advanced a lot. Expert surgeons can separate several tissues from the deceased donor and utilize it for further transplantation. Therefore, more people can be saved with new and prolonged life.

Read more about: organs, kidney, liver
Story first published: Friday, July 29, 2016, 2:00 [IST]
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