Is kidney donation safe? | Can donors live a normal life?

Mr. Jha is one of my patients from Agartala who is getting prepared for a kidney transplant. His wife was willing to donate kidney. She had no other comorbidities and was healthy, but Mr. Jha was really worried with her decision to donate one kidney. He asked me a simple question: Will she be able to live a normal life?

I was amazed at the way he has thought it out. If only our organs could have reached out to us just like our emotions, things would have been different. But with end-stage kidney disease, transplants become one of the most valued options. After all who would not want to have a life similar to his habit?

Living with one kidney for a donor is quite the same

So whenever the question crosses your mind- Can I live with one kidney? Remember that although people live with two Kidneys, but God has created human being in such a manner that even with a single kidney a person can live a normal life. Giving a kidney to someone who needs a transplant is a very generous thing to do. Living with one kidney for a donor is quite the same, life will be normal after donation and the person can resume all normal activities after 3 months.

Are there any long term problems associated with kidney donation?

Kidneys play a role in maintaining fluid balance in your body, removing toxins from the body, and controlling your blood pressure. Most people with a single kidney live a normal life without developing any long- or short-term problems. However, having one kidney as opposed to both increases your risk of mild elevated blood pressure, fluid retention, and proteinuria.

What are the Precautions one must take if they have one kidney:

  1. An individual with one kidney must check his blood pressure level and blood sugar regularly and get consulted by a doctor frequently.
  2. The individual must be alert about monitoring his/her GFR (glomerular filtration rate) to maintain the proper functioning of a single kidney.
  3. Proper maintenance of diet is necessary
  4. Studies show that a single kidney performs 40% more than when it is part of a pair. Due to its increased work, a single kidney often enlarges but performs well. This is the utmost reason one should protect it from any injury that might cost later.
  5. Try to avoid any medication on your own. Always on prescribed medicines. Never take NSAID group of painkillers
  6. Never linger any infection for a long time
  7. Drink water as per the thirst and eat less salt (< 5gm)
  8. Do Yoga and exercise daily
  9. Every quarter check Urea, creatinine, hemogram, Fasting and post prandial sugar, blood pressure, Urine RE, ACR.
  10. Avoid smoking and drinking.
There can nothing be more valuable than adding years to someone’s life.

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Kidney donation in India has been going on for years. The fact that nearly 2 Lakh India patients are waiting for organ donation with only 15,000 donors available, makes organ donation a necessity for many families.

Most people with a single kidney live almost equally as those with two Kidneys. As long as such individuals maintain a proper diet, do yoga and exercise regularly, and keep a check on their blood pressure along with frequent checks, they can certainly leave a normal and healthy life even with one kidney. Donating a kidney is more than donating just an organs, it is donating valuable years to a person who is at the end stage of kidney failure. There is nothing wrong with donating a kidney when one kidney can compensate for two, rather it would mean the world to the recipient and his or her family.

How do you feel about organ donation? What according to you would a donor want to know as a priority?

Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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