What are the advantages of living donation?

A living donor kidney transplant has many advantages as compared to a transplant from a deceased donor.

  • Donors can be tested as soon as the recipient is actively listed, negating the prolonged wait for a deceased donor.
  • A kidney from a living donor typically works better and has a longer life span.
  • The surgery can be pre-scheduled, avoiding the uncertainty and stress of being on the waiting list.
  • May prevent the need for dialysis and the complications associated with kidney failure.
  • Living donor kidneys typically begin to function immediately.
  • For some patients with kidney failure, a living donation may be life saving.
  • Choosing to donate a kidney is a gift of life.