Living Donor Information

Living Donor Transplantation

By offering a kidney, living donors provide a friend or loved one an alternative to waiting for a deceased donor kidney.

Indications for Living Donor Transplantation at John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center

  • Individual free of renal, infectious, and medical co-morbidities
  • Individual willing to donate
  • Individual free of coercion or inducement
  • Individual able to comprehend the donation process and give informed consent
  • Age 18 years or older

The following websites provide insightful and useful information on organ donation as well as the ability to register to become an organ donor.

A kidney from a living donor has better long-term survival rate than a kidney from a deceased donor. The waiting time for a deceased donor kidney could potentially be three to six years; therefore, kidney donation from a living donor is always the preferred option when available.

The potential living donor undergoes extensive evaluation by our multi-disciplinary team to determine if he/she is physically and psychologically a good candidate. The surgeon and nephrologist who are evaluating the donor are not involved in the evaluation of the kidney recipient, allowing them to provide unbiased evaluation and advice to the donor. The donor work-up includes a history and physical examination, blood tests, serological tests for viral infections, urine tests and radiological tests, which are used to make certain the donor is healthy and will not be harmed by the loss of one kidney. The tests also ensure that no viral diseases will be transmitted to the recipient. 

The donor is usually discharged three days after surgery with surgical follow up in two weeks. The donor is required to follow-up for a routine visit at six months, one year, and two years, or more often if needed.