What tests are involved in assessing my suitability to become a living kidney donor?
The medical assessment often referred to as the “work-up” for a potential live kidney donor is intense and thorough and may take 3–9 months.
The work up required to become a living donor is varied and consists of immunological, medical and psychological assessments. These assessments assist in the evaluation of your blood and tissue match suitability to the recipient, your kidney function, overall general health and your capacity to cope with the emotional aspects related to becoming a living donor.
During the work up process, you will also be required to meet with a number of health professionals, including social workers, psychologists, transplant coordinators, renal physicians and transplant surgeons.