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Wolf, On a serious note I wondered what is the percentage rate on a successful outcome for the operation? It must be a very complicated procedure and must require a lot of blood on hand to pull off. Just wondered, since I am a donor and mine work now, I'm considering not being a donor because of the complications it would cause my wife if she has to deal with it.
Like I said, when it's personal it's serious.
Before there was space or time there was rock and roll.
The toughest part is the conversation that would occur between docs and her if she didn't know what you wanted. This is why it's so important for everyone to have advance directives and to have these sort of conversations. Basically don't make her have to make a decision.
Otherwise, as far as the surgery goes, the professor said that kidney transplants have become fairly routine surgeries (only take about 2.5 hours). They don't even take out the bad kidneys, they go in through a (relatively) small incision on the side and sew the new kidney into the external illiac artery and vein (the vein isn't hooked up on this pic). The ureter is then hooked into the nearby bladder.
Thanks for the reply. My wife is actually a pretty tough cookie and knows I signed up for this. I guess I don't want her to go through dealing with a lot of bs medical bureaucratic delay when she should be planning my memorial blast of a party and tossing my toasted remains into a place I deserve.
So back to your thing, you guys leave the dead kidney in the body of the recipient? How does that work out?
i am the only one who upvoted froggy's comment?
Thank you Rob. I put a lot of effort into ignoring the ethics issue that some were attempting to discuss in a serious manner.
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