End stage kidney disease is a condition that occurs when your kidneys are no longer able to properly work.
Kidney transplant is an operation in which a functioning kidney from a living or deceased donor is surgically placed in your body. The transplant kidney takes over the function of your diseased or nonfunctioning kidney.
Types of kidney donors:
- A deceased donor is someone who is declared brain dead or whose heart is expected to stop within a few minutes after going off life support. He is medically suitable for organ donation, and his family has consented to donate his healthy kidney(s) for transplantation.
- A living donor (link to living donor page) is a person who voluntarily offers to donate one of his kidneys. This person may be a blood relative, friend or stranger. Testing is done to see if the donor and recipient are compatible.
- Paired kidney donation occurs when two donor/recipient pairs switch organs to yield more compatible results. For instance, donor A gives to recipient B, and donor B gives to recipient A.
Pancreas transplant is an operation in which a functioning pancreas from a deceased donor is surgically placed in your body. You will be required to complete the same testing as a kidney transplant evaluation plus additional tests.
You will need to complete a thorough evaluation before you can be placed on the national waiting list.