Small long-term risk for kidney donors, study says

January 28, 2009 2:27:30 PM PST
A reassuring study says donating a kidney doesn't appear to have any long-term health consequences for the donor. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found most people who give up one of their kidney's usually live a healthy, normal life span.

The donation also didn't raise the risk of having kidney failure later.

Researchers think part of the reason living donations have gone so well is because hospitals are use very strict criteria to screen and then pick the donors.

More living Americans are now donating their kidneys, and that mat be because success rates are high and new surgery techniques have helped shorten recovery times.