Kidney Transplant

Living Donor Kidney Transplant

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.

For additional information or to begin a kidney transplant evaluation, call .

Life after Kidney Transplant

Patients are monitored carefully after kidney transplant, to avoid organ rejection. From pills to exercise, hear patients talk about adjusting to life after transplant.


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