What is living kidney donation?

Each year in the United States, about 6,000 people voluntarily donate one of their healthy kidneys to a friend, sibling or other loved one. And increasingly, living kidney donations are being completed without either party ever meeting. Most people are born with two kidneys but can live fine with just one. In living kidney donation, a donor voluntarily undergoes surgery and gives a healthy kidney to a patient who needs it due to end-stage renal disease (advance kidney failure that can’t be reversed). 

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How common are kidney donations?
Discovery HealthDiscovery Health
Kidneys are the most frequently donated and most request transplant among organ donations. The funct...
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What follow-up is required for a kidney donor?
Methodist Specialty and Transplant HospitalMethodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
Kidney donors will need to return for regular checkups, even years after surgery.
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What happens during kidney donation surgery?
NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Some centers remove a donor's kidney using conventional surgical procedures with an open incision, b...
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Dr. Lloyd Ratner - About Kidney Donation
Dr. Lloyd Ratner - About Kidney Donation

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