A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person(recipient) whose kidneys no longer function properly. The transplanted kidney replaces the previously damaged kidneys to filter waste products, maintain fluid balance, and other functions to keep you healthy.
1. Living Donor - is anyone who is healthy and wishes to donate one of their kidneys
- Living donors are tested to make sure that it is safe for them to donate a kidney.
- Donors are tested to see if they are a good match for the recipient.
- The waiting time can be shorter than the waiting time for a transplant from a deceased donor.
- If you would like more information about the living donor option talk to your dialysis or transplant team
2. Deceased Donor-A deceased donor is someone who has died. He or she agreed to donate his or her healthy organs before death or in some cases, the family of the donor agrees to donate the healthy organs of the family member
- Anyone who chooses a transplant from a deceased kidney donor has to complete certain activities and be put on a waiting list.
- Time on the waiting list can depend on many factors, including:
- The recipient’s blood type.
- The recipient’s age.
- The recipient’s health history.
- How long the recipient has been on dialysis.