Tests and Procedures

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.

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