The Benefits of Living Kidney Donation
Kidney transplant recipients experience many benefits when they receive a kidney from a living donor.
Kidneys Last Longer
According to the National Kidney Registry, kidneys transplanted from living donors can last nearly twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors -- sometimes up to 30 years or more.
Shorter Wait Time
The wait time for a living-donor organ is shorter, and the date and time of the surgery can be coordinated with you and your recipient.
Faster Recovery, Fewer Post-Transplant Complications
Because a living-donor kidney almost always works immediately after its placement, the recipient usually recovers faster and experiences few post-transplant complications.
Kidney Donor Benefits
Many donors find their lives are enhanced by the emotional benefit and sense of pride that comes from knowing they helped someone in need. Studies show that up to 98 percent of living kidney donors would make the decision to donate again.