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Offline JaneP

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12 years post donation
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:22:03 AM »
I'm new to this forum, and have to say that this is a wonderful resource for living donors.  I donated to my husband who has polycystic kidney disease 12 years ago, (actually right on Valentines Day), and we both are doing very well thank God. We both even ran a marathon together a couple years ago.
I would like to  know if anyone knows if the surgical clips that are used ever dislodge years later. Is there any information anywhere about this - I continue to have my kidney function monitored every 6 months and that's been fine but it never occurred to  me until recently, when I had a vague sort of pain in my back on that side,(really mild but like something was rubbing) that I thought about the possibility of it being the clip.  I do have a call into the surgeon who did my surgery but having trouble reaching him.
Well keep up the good work here, and thank you for any information you may have.

Donor - February 14, 2006 -  St. Barnabas Livingston, NJ

Offline elephant

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Re: 12 years post donation
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 12:46:04 PM »
Hi Jane.
I wondered about that myself after I saw x-rays of my abdomen!

Clips are not supposed to cause problems, but some people do have later issues when the clips are near a nerve. 
See this article:

Of course the clips were put there so you wouldn't bleed to death after surgery, so they are needed...I guess it's worth the risk of a problem later. 

love, elephant

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Re: 12 years post donation
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 04:02:35 PM »
I hadn't thought about this either, Jane, until I went to a chiropractor about five years ago and saw the xray - wow! what a lot of clips!  I have only had an odd pinch on odd occasions that I always wonder if it is a clip nudging something.

If you can't get a hold of the surgeon, try asking for one of the transplant coordinators - or better yet, your husband's transplant coordinator. They might at least be able to run interference and get a better answer for you.

Let us know what you find out.
Donated Left Kidney to Husband 10/30/07
Barnes Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO

Offline Fr Pat

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Re: 12 years post donation
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 03:55:47 AM »
     Years back at this site a doctor explained that the clips stop the blood circulation, but that then the cut blood vessels heal and close. So even if a clip fails much later on the blood vessel has permanently blocked itself.
      Fr. Pat


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