With estimated wait times of at least three to five years, many people with kidney disease die before a new organ becomes available. By donating a kidney, you can help change those odds and save a life.
New minimally invasive approaches make it easier for donors to recover.
New surgical techniques allow doctors to remove a kidney using smaller incisions than ever before. Today's living-kidney donors are usually out of the hospital within two days and back to work within a minimum of two weeks.
Even if you are not a match for your recipient, you can still donate on their behalf.
This is because of paired-kidney exchanges – an intricate process of mixing and matching recipients and their donors in an ever-widening pool until the right pairings are found. While that means your kidney may go to a stranger, your donation assures that the person you volunteered to help gets a new organ, too.
You can live a long and normal life with only one kidney.
Prior to your donation, you will receive a thorough medical exam by our transplant team to evaluate your overall health and look for any unknown problems. Our team wants to protect your health, too!
You don't have to be an exact blood match with your intended recipient.
Some organs are so close to being a match that doctors can use innovative techniques to decrease the likelihood of rejection. "Close enough" is better than having to live with diseased kidneys!
For more information on living donation, here is a link to an excellent resource from the United Network for Organ Sharing. Click here >