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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Division of Transplantation

Transplant Candidates

Making the Right Choice

Types of Transplants

Kidney transplant is an option for people who suffer from end stage kidney disease and are currently on dialysis or will need dialysis sometime in the future.

Decreased quality of life, inability to work, and depressed sexual function all contribute to the general feeling of unwellness experienced by even well dialyzed patients.

While transplantation is not a cure for end stage kidney failure, it offers the best outcome with the greatest potential for the full return to a healthy, productive life for those whose kidneys have failed.

Deceased Donor Transplant

A deceased donor kidney transplant involves transplanting a kidney from an unrelated person who has experienced complete and irreversible brain death. Potential recipients are registered with a national computer system for matching with compatible deceased donor kidneys. There are approximately 20,000 people waiting for deceased donor kidney transplants in the United States, with over 2,500 waiting in the New York area. The waiting time for a deceased donor kidney can vary greatly depending on blood and “tissue type” as well as the availability of donor organs. The approximate waiting time in the New York area is between five and eight years at present. For some the wait is long and difficult. For others, the new organ comes quickly, functions immediately and continues to work with few problems. Once transplanted, the success rate for deceased donor kidneys is greater than 85%.

Living Donor Transplant

A living donor kidney transplant involves removing one kidney from a healthy person and transplanting it into another person. Living donor transplantation offers the best outcome for transplantation and may be done anytime a donor becomes available, even after a candidate has been placed on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney.

The skilled surgeons of the Transplant Division at University Hospital of Brooklyn have performed well over 3,000 kidney transplants since the program's inception in 1965. We offer weekly educational sessions for those considering transplantation and encourage anyone interested in receiving more information about kidney transplantation to attend.

Making the decision regarding whether kidney transplant is right for you can be a difficult and confusing process.

While transplantation is not for everyone, we hope that this website will provide you with the information you need to Make the Right Choice.