Organs & Tissues

Living Kidney Donation

Become a Living Kidney Donor and Help Patients Like Randeep

A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for patients suffering from kidney failure. When the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste products from the blood, either dialysis (artificial filtering of blood) or a transplant is required for survival. Yet there are not enough deceased kidney donors to help everyone in need and dialysis alone can lead to health complications and severely impact quality of life. By becoming a living kidney donor, you could help more patients live longer and healthier lives.

How do living donations work?

Healthy adults can become living kidney donors after extensive medical testing determines it is safe for them. One of their two kidneys is removed in a surgery for transplant into a recipient in need. In a healthy, approved donor the remaining kidney is able to compensate for the removed kidney by increasing its functioning capacity. Annual follow-ups with their doctor are recommended for all living kidney donors.

How can I donate?

If you wish to donate to a patient in need, you should contact your local kidney transplant program. You'll need to undergo a medical examination and testing to determine if it would be safe for you to donate. It is also important to test if you are a match to your intended recipient. Donors and recipients that are not well matched have a higher chance of rejection.

If you are not well matched to your recipient, you can still donate and help them receive a much needed transplant from someone else. Learn more about the Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) program.

For more information on living kidney donation, download any of the following brochures: