Donating a kidney is a generous and life-saving act, and there are many things to consider when making this decision. Our goal is to help donors and recipients fully understand their choice to make a live kidney donation.
Why Living Kidney Transplantation
The primary benefit of living donor kidney transplant is that it offers significantly better long-term survival than kidneys from a deceased donor. Additional advantages for the recipient include:
Decreased wait time — a person could spend five years or more on the waiting list for a deceased donor while a living donor transplant can be done within a matter of months.
Kidneys generally begin functioning immediately.
Improved kidney function — kidneys from live donors last, on average, nearly twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors. On average, half the risk for failure is in the first year, compared to a deceased donor transplant. In addition, the surgery is planned.
Paired Kidney Donation Exchange
The Temple Kidney Transplant Program participates in the paired kidney exchange program. A paired kidney exchange occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with a recipient and exchanges kidneys with another donor/recipient pair. A paired kidney donation exchange enables two incompatible recipients to receive healthy, more compatible kidneys. All medically eligible donor/recipient pairs may participate in the paired kidney exchange program.