You must be in good overall physical and mental health, and at least 18 years old. You may be related to the recipient, but that is not necessary.
Contact Transplant Services request a living donor packet or speak with the living donor transplant coordinator:
All of the evaluation and hospitalization costs are paid for by the program. The recipient’s insurance covers these medical expenses after he has received the transplant.
Costs that you should consider when donating include lost wages, transportation, lodging and childcare. If you qualify, there are resources available to provide financial help for travel, lodging, meals and other non-medical expenses. You will receive information from the National Living Donor Assistance Center, which helps make donation more affordable.
Living donor evaluation requires a thorough psychological and medical evaluation. A transplant coordinator will guide you through the process, which includes:
Depending on your age and risk, cancer screening through your primary care physician is required. This may include colonoscopy, mammogram, pap smear or prostate exam.
The procedure for living donor surgery at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital is called hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. This requires a 3-to 5-inch incision around your naval with two or three 1-inch incisions in the abdominal area. The surgeon removes the kidney by hand through the midline incision.
You will stay in the hospital for two to four days, and recovery lasts about three to four weeks. You cannot lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for six weeks after surgery.
Tips for maintaining long-term health with one kidney: