Living Donor FAQ
- What is living donor kidney donation?
Living donation takes place when a living person donates a kidney for transplantation to another person.
- Why donate?
Donating to a loved one can reduce the patient's waiting time on the organ transplant list and reduce time on dialysis. Living donation improves the patient's quality of life, increases time spent together and has a higher success rate than deceased organ donation.
- Who can donate?
Any healthy individual with normal kidney function may be able to donate. Blood type differences do not eliminate the potential for donation.
- Is it safe to donate & live with one kidney?
Yes, a person with only one kidney is at no more of a disadvantage compared to someone with two kidneys. When a person donates their kidney, the remaining kidney will increase in function. Kidney donors live normal, full lives after donation.
- What is the recovery?
Typically, donor's length of stay in the hospital is about 2 to 3 days and back to work within 4 to 6 weeks. After discharge, donors are asked not to lift anything greater than 10 lbs for 8 weeks.
- How do I start the process?
If you are interested in being a potential donor, please call University Hospitals Transplant Institute for more information at 216-868-8861.
National Kidney Foundation
1-855-NKF-CARES for confidential help
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
National Living Donor Assistance Center
Living Donor Risk Calculator