The Next Steps:
Living donor kidneys are excellent options for most patients awaiting a kidney transplant. A related donor kidney comes from a close relative such as a parent or sibling. These types of transplants tend to be better matches, which means less chance of rejection. A kidney donated from someone unrelated such as a spouse of friend is another good option and shares advantages with related donation such as less waiting time and reduced need for temporary dialysis after transplant.
Deceased donor kidney and waiting list
Patients without the option of a living donor transplant may still be able to receive a deceased donor kidney. Typically this involves joining the waiting list. While on the waiting list patients will be required to continue with periodic visits to the transplant center, as well as scheduled testing such as blood samples. Following through with all recommended testing and visits is essential so that once an appropriate kidney is available the transplant process can proceed.
Transplantation- only the beginning
The transplant surgery process itself is largely owned by the transplant center. Your transplant surgeons will describe the process of surgery and recovery, and you will be able to have your questions answered during visits to the transplant center.