You must be at least 18 years old. You must have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 35, uncontrolled high blood pressure in certain people, diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, organ diseases, infectious diseases. Donors must be 18 years of age or older. They should not have a history of cancer, diabetes, or chronic kidney stones.
They must also be a compatible blood group. Couples of patients who are not compatible with blood type may be eligible for a partner exchange transplant. The specialists at Lahey Hospital %26 Medical Center can help you understand the requirements for a kidney transplant from a living donor. Many patients who need a kidney transplant may have people in their lives willing to donate a kidney, but unfortunately their friends or loved ones cannot donate because they are not compatible.
Your parents, adult children, siblings, other family members, in-laws and close friends may be considered for live kidney donation. A standard set of selection criteria is used to determine if it is safe or appropriate for a person to be a living kidney donor. The vast majority of patients who are allowed to donate will quickly recover normal or nearly normal kidney function. The paired kidney donation program is offered to patients who have donors who do not match their blood group or who cannot accept a kidney from a donor because there is a high chance that they will reject the kidney.
In addition to the possibility of receiving a transplant sooner, living donors also provide a kidney that will last much longer than a kidney from a deceased donor. The Transplant Center at Massachusetts General Hospital has one of the most active and experienced living kidney and liver donor programs in the region. Potential donors who don't have the same blood type can still donate a kidney through the Paired Kidney Donation Program (KPD). So, if you're waiting for a kidney, having a living donor will significantly reduce the waiting time for a kidney transplant.
Because of the number of people on the waiting list for kidney treatment and the shortage of organs from deceased donors, the waiting period for a kidney from a deceased donor can be several years. If the donor and recipient aren't compatible for any reason, the living donor can still donate their kidney on behalf of their loved one in need through the National Kidney Registry (NKR) peer exchange program.