Living donor transplants: a growing trend
Approximately 40 percent of the kidney transplants performed by Washington University transplant surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are transplanted from living donors. In fact, nearly 1,000 people have received the gift of life from a living donor at Barnes-Jewish.
Why is living donation becoming so common?
There are more people waiting for organs than there are deceased donor kidneys available., Living donor surgery has also improved dramatically with quicker recovery times and minimal scarring
Deceased Kidney Donation
The average wait time to get a kidney transplant from the deceased donor kidney list is approximately three to five years. Transplanted kidneys from a deceased donor generally don’t last as long as those from a living donor (usually 10 years for a deceased donor kidney; 15-20 years for a living donor kidney).
Living Kidney Donation
- Donor organs are available sooner thus limiting or possibly avoiding the need for dialysis (a treatment that is very hard on your body).
- Patients can schedule the transplant in advance.
- The donated kidney spends less time outside of a living body, improving the viability of the organ.
- There is a greater chance of the donated kidney functioning immediately after transplant, greatly improving kidney transplant and patient survival
Improved surgery for living donors
Kidney transplant surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are at the forefront of improving the surgical procedure for living kidney donation
. Using leading-edge techniques like laparoscopic kidney removal and “mini-nephrectomy”, the recovery time for donors is significantly reduced due to the less invasive nature of these procedures.
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