there is an option: living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT).
LDKT does not replace
traditional deceased donor kidney transplantation it may offer the possibility
of kidney transplantation to an additional 40% to 50% of patients on the
national kidney transplant waiting list.
immediate benefits of LDKT are twofold. First, because living donor kidney
transplantation is an elective procedure performed when the recipient is in the
"best" condition, he or she avoids the continued physical
deterioration that inevitably occurs while waiting for a suitable kidney
replacement. If the transplant is performed before the start of dialysis, the
outcomes are even better.
second, by avoiding the use of a deceased donor kidney, LDKT helps to shorten
the UNOS waiting list and allow another patient on that list to benefit from
Becoming a living kidney donor is possible because while we have two kidneys,
we actually need only one to lead a perfectly healthy life.
Breeze is an online program from Lahey to help facilitate organ donations from living donors.