Many kidney failure patients wait years for a kidney transplant because there are not enough donor kidneys are available, but living kidney donation offers an alternative solution. Rather than waiting to match with a donor kidney on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) transplant wait list, you may be able to find a living donor who agrees to donate one of their two healthy kidneys to you. Kidneys from living donors generally last longer and work better than kidneys from deceased donors. At the University of Chicago Medicine, many of the kidneys donated to our patients come from living donors.
Frequently Asked Questions about Living Kidney Donation
A potential living kidney donor needs to meet the following requirements:
- Over the age of 18
- No significant medical illnesses
- Willing to donate a kidney of their own free will
Information for Donors
As a kidney donor, you’ll be evaluated by an expert team of kidney specialists to make sure you’re healthy enough to undergo the operation involved in donating a kidney and to continue with your daily activities after recovery. Today, most donors have a kidney removed through a minimally invasive procedure called a laparoscopic nephrectomy; this involves making a few small incisions using instruments and a camera to remove a kidney.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about living donation, even if you’re uncertain as to whether it’s right for you.
For more information, contact our living donor intake coordinator at 773-702-0620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking of donating your kidney to someone in need? UChicago Medicine welcomes non-directed donors – individuals who wish to donate a kidney to a stranger who needs a transplant. We evaluate these donors with the same thorough criteria as directed donors to ensure you’re physically and psychologically able to donate. You may wish to donate to an individual on our kidney transplant waitlist, or have our living donor intake coordinator register you with the National Kidney Registry to enable a chain transplant in which multiple patients receive transplants.
What you should know about living kidney donation
To learn more about living kidney donation, we talked with Yolanda Becker, MD, director of the University of Chicago Medicine Kidney and Pancreas Program.Read the full article
Rich Matula and his living kidney donor and friend, Mike Blake, tell their story
Running club coach, Rich Matula, had polycystic kidney disease needed a transplant. Fortunately he didn't have to look far for a match, when a member of his running club stepped up to donate.
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