Kidney Donation | Organ Donation
Donating an organ can save lives. For people suffering from end stage renal disease, a kidney transplant may be the best treatment option.
Living donors offer the gift of life. They help family members, friends or sometimes even strangers. You can also join a registry to donate after you pass away.
What is organ donation?
Organ donation is the act of giving a healthy, working organ to someone in need of one. Donations come from the living or the deceased.
Kidneys are the most needed organ on the national wait list.
Living donors can donate to someone on the waiting list or directly to someone they know. The outcomes for people receiving a kidney from a living donor are better than from a donor who is deceased.
Is making a kidney donation safe?
Living donation has an excellent safety record. Donation is done by making a small incision in your stomach. Donors usually have a two- to three-day hospital stay. Recovery is four to six weeks.
Patients on the waiting lists will be scheduled for donation as soon as they are matched with a donor. The waiting list considers:
- Blood type
- Body size
- Illness severity
- Donor distance
- Tissue type
- Time on the waiting list