What are the different types of kidney transplants?
We offer many types of transplants at Kidney Transplants. The options for kidney transplant include deceased donor and living-donor kidney transplants.
What is a Deceased-donor kidney transplant?
Deceased-Donor Kidney Transplant
- Kidneys come from closely screened, deceased donors to ensure the kidney is suitable for transplant.
- Because people undergoing a deceased-donor transplant are on a waitlist for a kidney donor, it’s unknown when the transplant will occur.
What is a Living-donor kidney transplant?
Living-Donor Kidney Transplant
- A healthy person — often a blood relative, close friend, or a stranger (altruistic donor) — provides a kidney. In some cases, donors who meet eligibility requirements can take part in a kidney exchange.
- We can schedule living-donor transplant surgery to allow time for both the patient and donor to plan and prepare.
What is a Pre-emptive kidney transplant?
- Getting a transplant before you need to start dialysis is called a preemptive transplant. It allows you to avoid dialysis altogether. Getting a transplant not long after kidneys fail (but with some time on dialysis) is referred to as an early transplant. Both have benefits. Some research shows that a pre-emptive or early transplant, with little or no time spent on dialysis, can lead to better long-term health. It may also allow you to keep working, save time and money, and have a better quality of life.
How does the evaluation process work for a kidney transplant?
The evaluation process may take several days and includes:
- A thorough physical exam
- Imaging studies, such as X-ray, MRI or CT scans
- Blood tests
- Psychological evaluation
- Any other necessary testing as determined by your doctor