• Live Kidney Donation at Lahey

    In an ideal world, all patients with end-stage kidney disease would be able to receive a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. However, there are currently only enough organs from deceased donors available for about 13% of the more than 83,000 people on the national kidney transplant waiting list.

    But there is an option: living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT).

    Although 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.

    The 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.

    And 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 transplantation.

    Becoming a living kidney donor is possible because while we have two kidneys, we actually need only one to lead a perfectly healthy life.   

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