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Division of Transplantation
Information for Donors
Q How do I know if I'm eligible to donate a kidney?
Q How are donor and recipients "matched"?
Q Must the donor and recipient be the same blood type?
Q Will both donor and recipient work with the same Transplant Team?
Q - Who is on the Transplant Team?
A - We have an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of donor and recipient surgeons, nephrologists, social workers, transplant nurses, physician assistants, financial coordinator, lab and support staff. Each will work with you to ensure you receive the best care while maintaining complete confidentiality.
Q - What is an Independent Living Donor Advocate?
A - The Independent Living Donor Advocate is a professional who works solely with the living donor, independent of the transplant team. The Independent Living Donor Advocate will meet with you during the transplant process to ensure that your needs are being met.
Q How long does the surgery take?
Q What type of scar will I have?
Q Will I need to take medications after kidney donation?
Q - Will my lifestyle change after the donation?
A - You will not have any lifestyle changes after kidney donation. Most donors are discharged two days after surgery and resume full activity within four to six weeks.
Q - How much will the surgery cost?
A - The entire cost of the surgery, hospital stay and post-surgical follow up is paid by the recipient's insurance. There is no cost to the donor.