Kidney Donor Assessment Clinic
A living donor transplant is a procedure during which a kidney is removed from a healthy donor and placed in an individual with end stage kidney failure. The living donor often is an immediate family member or someone whom the recipient has a close personal relationship.
A living donor transplant has many advantages over a deceased donor kidney transplant, the most important being a significantly higher success rate. Additional reasons include:
- A kidney from a living donor generally functions immediately after transplant. A deceased donor kidney might take several days or weeks to function normally.
- The living donor transplant can be scheduled, allowing the recipient and donor preparation time. Recipients will not know when a deceased donor kidney will be available, and surgery must be performed very soon after it is available.
- There may be a reduced risk of rejection, especially if the kidney is donated by a blood relative.
- A living donor transplant can shorten the amount of time a recipient has to wait to receive a kidney transplant. The average wait time for a deceased donor kidney could be 2 to three years.
The Kidney Donor Assessment Clinic at CUH is led by Dr Marek Mazur and operates in partnership with the National Renal Transplant Centre in Beaumont Hospital to assess the suitability of potential donors.