Living Kidney Donor Information
Donating a kidney to someone you care for is one of the greatest gifts in life. Even when it is not possible to donate, the offer alone remains a lasting gift. At Albany Medical Center, we view living donation with the utmost respect and have a strong commitment to the safety and well being of every potential donor in our program. To help you as you consider this option, please review the answers to the most commonly asked questions below. In addition, please feel free to discuss any concerns with the specialists or coordinators you will meet with Albany Med's transplant program.
What are some of the advantages of living donors vs. cadaveric donor transplants?
Can the transplant be performed prior to the recipient needing dialysis?
Yes, often a transplant can be performed before dialysis is necessary. This will have to be coordinated with the recipient's nephrologist, transplant surgeons, you the donor and the recipient.
What are the risks of being a donor?
As with any surgery, there is the risk of bleeding and infection. The risk of death is very small. Our job is to make certain that risks are minimized to the greatest extent possible. That is why the donor must undergo an extensive medical evaluation.
Who is the best donor?
The best donor for a kidney transplant is an identical twin. But, since most people don't have an identical twin, the next best match is usually a brother or sister. Then, in order of preference, are parents, children, other relatives and finally, living unrelated donors such as spouses or friends.
What do i need to do to determine if i'm a good donor?
The first step is to determine your blood type. This needs to be compatible with that of the recipient.