The Living Donor Option
At your evaluation appointment, your Transplant Coordinator will discuss with you the option of a Living Donor. A Living Donor is an alternative for individuals awaiting organ transplantation from a deceased donor—living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ for transplantation to another person.
Living donor kidney transplantation has been done successfully in the United States since the late 1950's. There are several advantages of a living-related donor or a living unrelated donor transplant over cadaveric donor transplants:
- The waiting time is shorter. (The average waiting time, depending on blood type for a cadaveric renal transplant, in this region is up to five years.) A living-related or a living-unrelated transplant can be scheduled for a time that is convenient for both the donor and the recipient.
- Kidneys transplanted from living donors tend to work right away more often.
- Kidneys transplanted from living related and living unrelated donors last longer than kidneys transplanted from cadaveric donors.
Your Transplant Coordinator can explain the details of Living Donation.