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So... if you have a transplant, to replace an organ, do you get to keep the original, or is it like, some kind of part-exchange?
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From: linamishima Date: March 19th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Typically, removed organs and body tissue is either treated as biological waste, or is sent off for analysis. In the case of removal for replacement, lab work can often reveal useful information as to the causes of failure and needed future interventions.

As a rule, they certainly understand you wanting to keep it in a jar on the mantelpiece or forming into earrings, but strongly discourage such things and present many valid reasons against.

In some cases, usable material may still be salvageable. If the removal is part of more extensive work, they might be able to reuse healthy parts of the tissues. And in the case of men, they may offer to extract sperm if they have to remove the testicles (for freezing for later breeding).
From: feanelwa Date: March 20th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Kidneys are apparently sometimes left in as long as they're not diseased and dangerous, since they are behind everything else, and the new one is put at the front so it can be easily removed if it is rejected.
karohemd From: karohemd Date: March 19th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, likely there are various rules against this sort of thing. I think the biggest thing they'd let you keep is an appendix.
Still, having a cirrhosis eaten liver in a jar on the mantlepiece could be a conversation piece. ;o)
draxar From: draxar Date: March 19th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't get to keep mine, or my adenoids, but in the former case at least, I think it was cause that full on burst, rather than the smaller ruptures that people usually get with it.
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