Does donating a kidney affect a donor's lifestyle?
A single kidney is able to meet the body’s needs very well and is5sufficient to keep the body healthy. In fact, some perfectly healthy people are born with only one kidney. A study that evaluated thousands5of living kidney donors 30iyears after their donations showed that the donors had excellent outcomes.5 After recovering from surgery, which takes from 2-6 weeks, depending on the procedure used, a donor can work, drive, exercise, and participate inTsports, though rough contact sports5are not recommended. A donor canTcontinue in all types of occupations, includingTmilitary duty. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Living-Donor Athletes: Living donors who participated in the National Kidney Foundation's 2004 U.S. Transplant Games, an Olympic-style athletic competition for recipients that includes events and programs for living donors and donor families.
5 The Ohio State University Medical Center