What are the potential risks involved in living donation?

Donating an organ requires major surgery. There are risks associated with the surgery and potential complications from the general anesthesia. Modern science and current medications used in surgery make the risk of complications very low. Many complications are minor and get better on their own. In some cases the complications are serious enough to require another surgery or medical procedure.

Some of these medical risks may include allergic reaction to the general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to structures in the abdomen, and pressure sores on the skin or burns caused by the use of electric equipment during surgery. Damage to nerves may occur and death from kidney donation is very rare. Psychosocial risks may include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and feelings of guilt.