Consider Living Kidney Donation
The need for kidney donors is great. In the U.S., close to 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. With this great need for kidneys, there’s also a need for living donors. The decision to become a living donor shouldn’t be taken lightly and could have a huge impact on someone’s life.
Our living donor toolkit will provide you with more information about becoming a living donor.
Did You Know?
- To be a living kidney donor, you don’t have to be related or even know the recipient.
- A usual hospital stay for living kidney donors is typically just 2-3 days.
- The short and long-term survival rates for patients who had a living donor are better than those who had a deceased donor.
- There’s no official cutoff age for being a living kidney donor.
- Living donation reduces the amount of time a person spends waiting for a deceased organ.
- As a living donor, the recipient’s insurance typically covers your donation-related medical expenses.
- Living kidney donation often allows a recipient to avoid dialysis completely if it was not already started.
- Even if you have controlled hypertension, you might still qualify to be a living donor at Mayo Clinic.
If you are qualify to be a living kidney donor, but you are not a match to your recipient, you can choose to be part of a kidney donor paired exchange. In paired donation, donors and their recipients aren't compatible for a transplant. However, the donor of each pair is compatible with the recipient of the other pair. If both donors and recipients are willing, your doctors may consider a paired donation.
To start the process to be a living kidney (or liver) donor, visit our Be a Living Donor web page.
Are you a living donor? What would you like others to know about the process?
- Learn about kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic.
- Explore Mayo’s Transplant Center.
- Request an appointment.