Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Here are five questions to ask yourself before deciding to become a living organ donor.   

Am I intellectually ready?

Am I emotionally ready?

Am I physically ready?

Am I financially ready?

Am I spiritually ready?

To learn of further considerations for becoming a living donor, please download the “Being Asked to Donate” questionnaire from Transplant Living and the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Financial Considerations

Potential donors should talk with their employer, health insurance provider, transplant team, and hospital about lost wages, time off, and financial/insurance issues. The transplant center will have a social worker and/or financial counselor who can advise potential donors about their options, along with what expenses will be incurred by the recipient’s insurance, the donor, or the hospital.

Who pays for living donation?

Can I be paid for donating an organ?

How will donating affect my health and life insurance?

Is there any assistance available for lost wages, travel, and lodging?

How long will the donor be in the hospital and out of work?


Living donation surgery involves the same level of risk for the donor as any other major surgery. The majority of complications following surgery are not severe, but may cause a longer hospitalization. The risks associated with surgery and donation should be thoroughly discussed with your transplant team.

Please note that there has been no national systematic long-term data collected on the risks of becoming a living donor. Based upon the limited information currently available, overall risks are considered to be low. Risks can differ among donors and according to the type of organ donation.

Here are some short and long term risks potential donors should think about:

Possible Surgical Complications

Long-Term Risks

Questions to Ask Your Transplant Center

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