What are the risks to living kidney donors?
Living kidney donors are unlikely to develop kidney problems in the future. The removal of one kidney triggers the other kidney to increase in size and function. The remaining kidney can provide up to 75 per cent of normal kidney function rather than the expected 50 per cent. Any decline in overall kidney function is usually mild. This has no impact on the life span of your living kidney donor.
However, living kidney donors may be at risk of kidney disease if their remaining kidney is injured or a disease develops unexpectedly. there is also a small risk of increased blood pressure and protein in their urine as they get older.
An annual check-up including a general health review, blood pressure measurement, and blood and urine tests are recommended for all living kidney donors.