Better organ function and a higher rate of success.
A living donor transplant, in which the patient receives a kidney from a live person, provides better kidney function than deceased donor kidney transplantation where the kidney comes from a person who has died. Since 2001, about 40 percent of the transplants at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are from living donors.
Advantages of Living Donor Transplant:
Organ availability is greater. (Waiting time for a deceased kidney can be up to five years.)
Living donor kidneys last almost twice as long and typically work immediately.
Living donor transplants result in shorter hospital stays with fewer complications.
Today, thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques, living-kidney donation is much easier on the donor, with less pain and faster recovery.
Mini-nephrectomy – Surgeons make a small (approximately 4 inches) “keyhole” incision, the smallest opening through which a kidney can be removed.
Laparoscopic kidney removal – Surgeons make three or four one-inch “ports” in the donor’s abdomen to remove the kidney with surgical instrument assistance.
Learn more about becoming a living donor.
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