Types of Kidney Transplants 

Living Donor Transplantation

The team works to transplant patients as quickly as possible using appropriate kidneys. Any medically suitable family member or friend can donate a kidney. There are many advantages to a living donor kidney.

  • First, living donor transplants have the longest survival time.
  • Second, the patient experiences a shorter waiting time to receive the transplant.
  • Third, living donor kidneys function immediately, allowing for earlier discharge from the hospital.

Altruistic (non-directed) Donors 
In some cases, an individual may donate a kidney to a stranger in need of a transplant. These donors are known as altruistic or “Good Samaritan” donors. They donate through a local transplant center or organ procurement organization within a specific region.

Patient Exchange
Patient exchange is also know as a “Kidney Swap.” This allows patients who have a donor that doesn’t match them, to match with another person in need of a kidney. Hahnemann participates in the Kidney Exchange program to allow our patients as many options for transplant as possible.

All potential living donors first undergo an extensive medical evaluation to ensure that they are in good health and are suitable to donate. Healthy individuals who donate a kidney have not been found to have any detrimental effects on their long-term health. Moreover, laparoscopic surgery has made donation less invasive allowing for quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

Deceased Donor (Non-Living) Donation

This type of transplant uses organs from individuals who donate at the time of their death, and is the most common type of transplant in the United States. Technical advances have resulted in very good success rates for transplants from non-living donors. Kidneys are obtained by the “Gift of Life” Organ Procurement Organization Program that serves Hahnemann University Hospital. Kidneys are allocated according to the amount of time the patient has been waiting for transplant and blood type. The distribution of donor kidneys is very equitable and is guided by Federal policy standards that ensure equal access to needed organs for all patients. The “Gift of Life Program” is very active, allowing for transplantation in the shortest possible time.



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