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Care after a transplant

Understand how to best care for yourself after an organ transplant. Expert advice on topics including preventing rejection, lifestyle changes, and other frequently asked questions.

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The gift of life

Living donation can be a great option for many transplant patients with a willing family member, friend, or loved one who wants to donate a kidney, liver segment, or lobe from a lung.

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Inspirational stories of hope

True stories in their own words from transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families whose lives were forever changed and connected to organ donation and transplantation.

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Know your transplant team

Whether you or a loved one are having a transplant, there will be multiple people who will be part of your transplant team. Find out the people you should know before a transplant.

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Waiting for a transplant

Waiting for an organ transplant can be difficult. Our patient services team provides information to better understand the organ transplant process from wait times to emotional aspects.

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Understand the costs

From medical to non-medical costs, there are various costs prior, during, and after your organ transplant surgery. Be prepared by understanding the costs and create a financial plan.

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Life after a kidney transplant

There can be a lot of questions on how to best care for your new kidney after a transplant. Learn more about caring for your new kidney through our Kidney Transplant Learning Center.

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More than 670,000 people in the United States live with end-stage renal disease and more than 100,000 people are on the kidney transplant waitlist. Learn the facts, risks, and benefits of:

  • Dialysis
  • Transplant from a deceased donor
  • Transplant from a living donor
  • Find a living donor
  • Become a living donor

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Stories of Hope

I only had a 2% chance

A lot of times, when you hear the words heart failure, you think of the elderly. As a healthy 25 year old, never did I expect to hear those two words. And never did I ever expect to heart those two words while pregnant with my second. Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. After...

T1D free!

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1990 when I was 6 years old. I had for the most part taken very good care of myself, and I never let T1D hold me back. In 2016 I was told that my kidneys had begun to spill protein (proteinuria), but that they still were 100% functioning, that I did not have kidney disease, and that the kidneys could be saved with a pancreas- only transplant

Losing a sister, saving a life with donation

A campus classroom may seem like an odd spot to consider organ donation. But trust Sara Miller when she tells you it is better than a hospital waiting room. That’s where she and her family made the decision eight years ago to donate the liver of Miller’s older sister, Laura, who had been declared brain-dead days after being diagnosed with cancer at age 14.

Living Donation

Living donation

Living donation is when a healthy living organ donor gives an organ such as a kidney or part of an organ such as a portion of a lung, liver, pancreas, or intestine to a recipient.



Before undergoing an organ transplant, it’s important to understand the costs. You will want to work with your transplant team make sure you have an individual plan to cover transplant costs.

Kidney disease and treatment

Kidney disease and treatment

There can be multiple circumstances and medical conditions that lead to kidney disease. Learn more about kidney disease and treatment options through our Kidney Transplant Learning Center.



In order for patients to have successful transplant outcomes, it’s important for organ recipients or living donors to have quality care and support before and after surgery. Learn more.

Find a support group

Find a support group

Receive support from other organ transplant patients and families by finding a support group near you. Click here to learn more and find the right type of support group for you or your family.

In the news

Special public comment period addresses liver distribution

From October 8 through November 1, the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee seeks public comment on a proposal to replace donor service areas (DSAs) and regions in distribution policies for livers and intestinal organs.