Living Kidney Donation
Did you know that it is also possible for a healthy living person to donate a kidney? This is called a living kidney donation. This involves a surgery to remove a kidney from a living donor and then transplanting it into a patient who needs a kidney. Kidney failure is also known as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Someone with CKD can be treated with dialysis; a transplant from a deceased donor; or a transplant from a living donor. Transplantation is a preferred alternative to dialysis. But…there are not enough deceased kidney donations to help everyone who needs a kidney transplant and many patients on the wait-list will never receive one.
Any adult who is in general good health can be assessed for living kidney donation.