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Transplant from a living donor

Why choose a living donor transplant?

Waiting time is shorter, and success rates are higher with living donor transplant.

Most people in the United States wait about
4 years
to get a kidney.
But with living donation, you can get a transplant in
1 year or less
once you find a matching donor. You may be able to get a new kidney before you start dialysis.

Benefits of living donor kidney transplant over dialysis:

  • You don’t have to spend large amounts of time on dialysis
  • You can eat more kinds of foods
  • You’ll have more energy and time to do things you enjoy
  • You can travel
  • You’ll feel better and may live longer

Benefits of living donor kidney transplant over a transplant from a deceased donor:

  • You’ll likely get a kidney sooner and spend less time on dialysis
  • You may live longer
  • Your new kidney usually starts working right away
  • Your body is less likely to reject the kidney, especially if it comes from a relative

Leaders in transplant excellence

UNOS works with leading educational partners to provide accurate, trustworthy health information. Our educational partners include:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Duke University School of Medicine
Emory University
Johns Hopkins University
Mount Sinai Hospital
Northwestern University
Temple University
University of California, Los Angeles




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