Friday, August 14, 2009

Living Kidney Donation vs. Cadaver Donors

Kidney transplants are the most effective kidney disease treatments. With kidney transplants, patients who are suffering from kidney failure regain good health.

There are 2 major types of kidney transplants, namely through a living kidney donation (live donor), and from a cadaver donor (deceased donor).

Whenever possible, doctors recommend that patients receive a live kidney donation. Today, we examine why a living kidney donation is considered better.

1. The survival of kidney transplants from live kidney donation has been shown to be better than from cadaver donors.

2. A living kidney donation from close relatives, like brothers, sisters, or parents can yield excellent tissue-type match for the recipient. A good tissue-type match reduces the risk of the kidney being rejected by the recipient

3. Recipients who had their kidney transplants prior to dialysis have been shown to have better long-term transplant survival

4. A living kidney donation gives the patient, donor and their families the flexibility to plan the kidney transplant surgery when it is convenient for them

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  1. I am so encouraged to see more and more living donor stories in the news. I donated in June, and it was just a great experience.

  2. Hi Nancy, it's because of heroes like you that people like me are still around.

    Thank you.