Living-donor kidney transplant
Why it's done
Compared with deceased-donor kidney transplant, the benefits of living-donor kidney transplant include:
- Less time spent on a waiting list, which could prevent possible complications and deterioration of health of the recipient
- Potential avoidance of dialysis if it has not been initiated
- Better short- and long-term survival rates
- Your transplant may be scheduled in advance once your donor is approved versus an unscheduled, emergency transplant procedure with a deceased donor kidney
The risks of living-donor kidney transplant are similar to those of deceased-donor kidney transplant. They include risks associated with the surgery, organ rejection and side effects of anti-rejection medications.