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Organ and Tissue Donation in Alberta

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Below are some links to general information on related to organ donation and transplant in Canada.

Organ donation​

Planning to Be an Organ Donor
If you've decided to become a donor, be sure to let your family, friends, and doctor know.

Living Organ Donation
A person can donate certain organs while he or she is still living. These people are called "living donors".

Donating a Kidney
Kidney transplantation is the best way known to save a person's life after he or she develops kidney failure.

Tissue Type Test
A tissue type test is a blood test that identifies substances called antigens on the surface of body cells and tissues. Checking the antigens can tell if donor tissue is safe (compatible) for transplant to another person.

Organ transplant

Organ Transplant
An organ transplant replaces a failing organ with a healthy organ.

Heart Transplant
A heart transplant is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a diseased heart and replaces it with a donor heart.

Kidney Transplant
A kidney transplant is surgery to replace diseased kidneys with a healthy (donor) kidney. The kidney can come from a living donor or from someone who has died.

Intestinal Transplant for Crohn's Disease
Intestinal transplant is a relatively new surgery for people whose intestines are failing.

Lung Transplant for Cystic Fibrosis
Lung transplant is an option for a few people who have severe lung problems that are caused by cystic fibrosis.

Lung Transplant for COPD
Although uncommon, lung transplants are sometimes used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Liver Transplant for Hepatitis B
During a liver transplant, a damaged liver is removed and replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor.

Receiving a liver from an organ donor (liver transplant) is the only treatment that will restore normal liver function and cure portal hypertension. A liver transplant is usually considered only when liver damage is severe and threatening your life.

Current as of: March 31, 2020

Author: Organ and Tissue Donation Programs, Alberta Health Services