Living Kidney Donation
Thinking About Being a Donor?
About the Kidneys
What is a Living Donor?
Who Can Donate
Types of Living Donation
Benefits and Risks of Living Donation
Types of Surgery
Effects on Life
Living with 1 Kidney
Life and Relationships
Blood Pressure, Blood Typing, and Blood Tests
Tissue Typing and Crossmatch
Chest X-Ray, Renal Scan, CT Scan
Urine Tests and 24-Hour Urine Collection
Questions to Think About
Transplant Recipient Information
About Kidneys and Transplants
Benefits and Challenges
About Living Donation
Benefits of Living Donor Transplants
Information for Living Donors
Risks and Benefits of Becoming a Living Donor
Finding a Living Donor
What if I'm a Recipient?
Kidney Matching Process
Kidney Paired Donation
Questions to Consider
Transplant Workup for Recipients
Transplant Waiting List
Patient and Transplant Team Responsibilities
Preparing for Your Transplant
Social Work Services and Medication
Life Activities, Financial Planning, and Accomodation
Hospital Discharge and Support
Mental Wellness and Personal Directive
What to Expect After Surgery
Medicines After Your Transplant
After Your Transplant
Your Transplant Team
Possible Health Problems
Pregnancy After Transplant
Organ and Tissue Donation Registry
Donor and Recipient Stories
If you’re able to have a kidney transplant as a potential recipient, the kidney may come from a deceased donor (someone who has died) or a living donor.
A living donor is a living person who gives one of their kidneys to someone who has kidney failure and needs a transplant (the recipient). Most people are born with 2 kidneys but you can live a normal life with just 1 kidney. This is why living donation is possible and safe.
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