Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Compared to kidneys from deceased donors, living kidney donation allows patients with kidney failure to avoid or minimize the need for dialysis while offering an opportunity for better long term patient and graft survival.
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Kidney transplants have traditionally been performed using kidneys from deceased donors. With more than 95,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant and only 9,000 deceased donors per year, this organ shortage results in 13 people dying each day while waiting for a new kidney. 

Interested in becoming a kidney donor? Start with our online health history questionnaire.

Our Approach

Living kidney donation is a minimally invasive surgery that can help patients with kidney failure either avoid or shorten their time on dialysis while improving their quality of life. Most donors step forward in response to the need of a friend, family, or coworker. But some are interested in donating to help a stranger “because they can.” Living kidney donors can significantly impact the life of people who are experiencing kidney failure, but donation is a very personal decision and not all people are medically able to donate. Our team is committed to fully evaluating a potential donor’s medical and psychosocial health to determine a donor’s safety and suitability for kidney donation.

Sometimes differences in blood type or tissue type (or age or size) cause donors to not be a “match” with their intended recipient. In these situations, participating in our paired exchange program (PEP!) can make a living donor transplant a reality.

With a living donation, surgery can be scheduled at the convenience of the donor and recipient, often before the kidney disease has progressed to a severe stage. This leads to fewer complications, faster recovery, and better long-term success.

Conditions We Treat

  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Failure

Interested in becoming a kidney donor?

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