Benefits of live donation

Transplants performed from living donors may have several advantages compared to transplants performed from deceased donors

1.   Some living donor transplants are done between family members who are genetically similar. A better genetic match lessens the risk of rejection.

2.  A kidney from a living donor usually functions immediately, making it easier to monitor. Some deceased donor kidneys do not function immediately, and as a result, the patient may require dialysis until the kidney starts to function.

3.  Potential donors can be tested ahead of time to find the donor who is most compatible with the recipient.  The transplant can take place at a time convenient for both the donor and recipient.

Although transplantation is highly successful, and success rates continue to improve, problems may occur. Sometimes, the transplant is lost to rejection, surgical complications or the original disease that caused the recipient's organ to fail can return.

You should discuss with your transplant coordinator the success rates of the live donation program at their hospital as well as the national success rates.