Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Each year, about one-third of the kidney transplant surgeries nationwide use a kidney given by a generous living donor. At University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), about one third of our kidney transplants are living donor transplants.

Because living donor kidney transplant is so vital to keeping patients alive, we work to find new ways to make the surgery available to more people. We have even developed new surgeries such as single-incision laparoscopic kidney donation surgery, so the procedure is easier and has a shorter recovery.

Learn more about living donor kidney surgery.

Why Choose Living Donor Kidney Transplant?

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In addition to making more kidney transplants available, living donor transplants offer these advantages to patients:

  • Better outcomes: Kidneys from a living donor have significantly better long-term survival than kidneys from a deceased donor. 
  • Shorter wait times: A kidney from a living donor can dramatically reduce your wait time. Because of demand, the waiting time for a deceased kidney donation may be 2 to 5 years. Learn more about kidney transplant.
  • More donor options: Kidney donations from unrelated living donors (such as a spouse or a friend) have been found to be as successful as those from close relatives.
  • Expedited surgeries: UMMC can expedite the process for kidney donor pairs whose procedures have been delayed at other hospitals. This might include patients with complicated testing needs or with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) who want to have their PKD surgery simultaneously during their transplant surgery. Learn more about living donor kidney surgery.

If you are interested in becoming a living kidney donor, please view our Become a Living Kidney Donor questionnaire.

For referring physicians: To refer a patient or get more information, please call 1-800-373-4111. A physician service representative from Consultation and Referral Services will direct your call to the appropriate physician or department.

For more details, please visit our section for referring physicians.

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