An insider at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggested two “right questions” to ask of a transplant center to better understand the risk of being a living donor:
- How many of your living donors had complications required invasive procedures?
- What is that number as a percentage of your total living donors for that same time period?
I like these questions — precise, unambiguous, and, if you need the help, good conversation starters overall about the risks and your transplant centers’ view of those risks. It is worth taking the time to spell out: Different centers will have different answers, different approaches, different perspectives.