Living Donor Transplant

Living kidney donation occurs when a living person decides to donate one of their kidneys to someone in need of a transplant. Donating a kidney is the most frequent type of living organ donation and living kidney transplants have the highest success rate of all transplant procedures.

Living donor kidney transplants have several advantages over cadaveric transplants:

  • Eliminates need for placement on wait list
  • Better short and long term survival rates
  • Recipient knows the donor and his/her lifestyle and medical history
  • Shortens the wait time for others on the wait list
  • Transplant surgery can be scheduled at donor’s and recipient’s convenience
  • Fewer recipients require temporary dialysis after a living donor transplant compared to a deceased donor transplant

Living Related Donor Transplant

A living related donor is a healthy blood relative of the person receiving the transplant. Living related donors are commonly a parent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or an adult child, niece or nephew.

A kidney from a relative will be a better match for the recipient. There is less chance of rejection. A kidney from a relative also has an overall improved graft survival rate.

Living Unrelated Donor Transplant

A living unrelated donor is a healthy donor that is not a blood relative to the person receiving the transplant. Living unrelated donors are commonly friends, coworkers, or a spouse. They usually are emotionally connected to the transplant recipient.

Reducing Wait Time

The Swedish Organ Transplant program also offers two living donor programs that are decreasing wait list time for transplant recipients.