Donating a kidney is a big decision and there’s a lot to consider before you do it. Here are a few things to think about before moving forward with kidney donation. Let’s break them down into three simple categories.
First, explore your feelings.
Consider why you want to donate a kidney. What do you expect from the experience? Are you really ready to take this step?
Second, examine your health.
Think about whether your physical health is strong enough to undergo a major surgery. Are you prepared to deal with the discomfort and possible complications from the procedure? Have you considered how donating could impact your lifestyle going forward?
Third, consider your finances.
Can kidney donation affect you financially? Who is going to pay for the procedure? And is your employer flexible about time off so you’ll have the time you need to recover? Make sure all your financial questions are answered before you donate.
If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, you’re probably ready to donate a kidney.
If you have further questions about kidney donation, reach out to the social worker at your local transplant center or call the National Kidney Foundation NKF Cares Help Line at 1-855-653-2273 for more information. You can also send an email to NKFcares@kidney.org.