What types of tests are performed to determine if the artery of a live donor’s kidney is too narrow or short? What is the preparation plan for surgery (kidney transplant) if it is determined the artery is too narrow or short? Are there extra arteries on hand? Would you advise a live donor to donate a kidney if you discovered their artery is too narrow or short? Or is the risk too high?

The questions that you ask should be asked of a transplant surgeon.  I have no surgical expertise and this is a surgical question.  I know that contrasted arteriograms are commonly done on living donors to look at the vessels that will be used for transplantation, however, I have no personal experience with interpreting these studies.  You should consult with a transplant surgeon.

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