Patients who receive a kidney from a living donor may have better
outcomes, keep their transplants longer and be able to receive a
transplant sooner than patients who wait for a deceased donor. This
means less time on dialysis for the transplant recipient and a quicker
return to an active life. A living donor does not have to be a relative
and can be anyone who wishes to donate.
Potential living donors will be evaluated by the transplant team to
determine whether they are a suitable match for you. Your living donor
will receive the same level of personalized attention and education
about the transplantation process. Our team will carefully evaluate the
donor’s health and compatibility to minimize any risks.Our surgeons are
skilled in removing donor kidneys using the most advanced minimally
invasive laparoscopic techniques. This will minimize the donor’s
recovery time, scarring and discomfort.
Lankenau participates in national donor exchange programs which give
people who are unable to receive a kidney from a loved one or friend the
opportunity to still receive a kidney from a living donor. With
paired-organ donation, your donor exchanges his or her kidney with the
living donor from another incompatible donor/recipient pair to create
two compatible pairs.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.