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Live Donor Kidney Transplant Requirements

The specialists at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center can help you understand the requirements for live donor kidney transplantation.

To become a live donor, you must:

  • Be over age 18 
  • Be willing to commit to the pre-donation evaluation process, surgery and the burden of recovery
  • Be a family member, friend, colleague or close acquaintance of the recipient 
  • Be in good health and psychological condition
  • Have a compatible blood type
  • Have normal kidney function

In certain situations, you must meet additional requirements to become a live donor. You may have to do this if you:

  • Are an incompatible cross-match (you are not compatible based on antibodies)
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30
  • Have high blood pressure 
  • Have a history of kidney stones
  • Have an incompatible blood type 

You cannot be a live donor if you:

  • Are under age 18
  • Have heart disease, diabetes or cancer 
  • Have chronic kidney problems 
  • Have any conditions that may jeopardize your health by kidney donation (e.g., pregnancy, being underweight, etc.)