Below are some links to general information on MyHealth.Alberta.ca related to organ donation and transplant in Canada.
Planning to Be an Organ DonorIf you've decided to become a donor, be sure to let your family, friends, and doctor know.
Living Organ DonationA person can donate certain organs while he or she is still living. These people are called "living donors."
Donating a KidneyKidney transplantation is the best way known to save a person's life after he or she develops kidney failure.
Tissue Type TestA 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 TransplantAn organ transplant replaces a failing organ with a healthy organ.
Heart TransplantA heart transplant is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a diseased heart and replaces it with a donor heart.
Kidney TransplantA 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 DiseaseIntestinal transplant is a relatively new surgery for people whose intestines are failing.
Lung Transplant for Cystic FibrosisLung transplant is an option for a few people who have severe lung problems that are caused by cystic fibrosis.
Lung Transplant for COPDAlthough uncommon, lung transplants are sometimes used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Liver Transplant for Hepatitis BDuring a liver transplant, a damaged liver is removed and replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor.
CirrhosisReceiving 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 17, 2014
Author: Health Link, Alberta Health Services