Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Information and Process
At UPMC, we carefully evaluate potential living-donors to make sure that they can safely donate their kidney.
We perform comprehensive medical and psychosocial exams to determine risk for surgery and follow-up needs after surgery.
Steps of Living-Kidney Donation
From the perspective of the patient receiving the kidney, the living-donor transplant process is similar to a traditional kidney transplant (where the kidney comes from a deceased donor.
For kidney donors, the process includes the following steps:
- A pre-donation evaluation
- Surgery to remove the donor kidney
- Post-donation follow-up and care
Throughout the living-donation process, donors will interact with a multidisciplinary team of kidney transplant experts, including:
- Dedicated living-donor transplant coordinator
- Transplant social workers
- Dedicated transplant nurse coordinators
- Transplant nephrologists
- Transplant surgeons
- Pharmacy transplant credit analyst
This team will determine if you are suitable for living-donation.
Partnering Through Organ Donation
If cleared to donate an organ, donor's will be assigned an independent living-donor advocate to act on their behalf.
The living-donor advocate helps to ensure the donor is fully aware of what it means to be a living donor and understand the risks of the transplant surgery.
The living-donor advocate will voice any concerns of the donor to the multidisciplinary transplant team and will determine that the donor’s decision is fully informed.