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Types of Transplants
(Related or Unrelated)
A living related donor includes a brother/sister, children, parents, and other relatives
A living unrelated donor is a friend, neighbor, or others
(Cadaver or Non-Living)
A non-living donor is someone who has died and made an end-of-life choice to donate their organs to others in need
How Does it Work?
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What is a Transplant?
A kidney transplant is a surgery to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys no longer function properly. A kidney transplant can treat chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease to help you feel better and live longer.
How Does the Transplant Work?
To receive a transplant, four factors are considered when matching kidneys with potential recipients.
Blood Type: Some blood types can be given to others and some cannot. The blood type of the donor must be compatible with the recipient.
Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLAs): Antigens are proteins on cells in the body. If a recipient has strong antibodies against a donor’s HLA antigens, the risk of rejection is high.
Cross-Matching Antigens: Occasionally the levels of antibodies that a recipient has against a donor are low. The results is a negative crossmatch when the recipient blood and the donor blood is mixed. Giving the recipient a positive outcome of transplant.
Paired Donation: Occurs when a living donor has not matched their recipient. The living donor agrees to another match on the list then the recipient would be matched to another donor on the list.
Evaluation for the Transplant
People with kidney disease must be evaluated by a kidney transplant program in order to receive a kidney transplant. For patients who have not started a dialysis treatment referring to transplant with a GFR of 25 or less. (GFR Stage 4) is recommended. Anyone on dialysis can be referred to a kidney transplant program to learn more.
What You Should Consider
You may receive a kidney from a deceased donor or from a living donor. A living donor that matches will be transplanted after all tests are completed. If you do not have a living donor, you will be placed on a waiting list for kidney of a deceased donor. The waiting time for a kidney varies.
Risks Associated with Kidney Transplants
Kidney transplantation can treat advanced kidney disease and kidney failure, but the surgery is not a cure. Some forms of kidney disease may return after a transplant. The health risks associated with a kidney transplant include those associated directly with the surgery and rejection of the donor organ.
A Procedure and Care Designed for You!
Our team at Greenfield Health will connect you with a physician and a transplant coordinator to discuss this option with you. Speak to one of our team members today to see what's right for you!Learn More
We Follow a Careful Matching Procedure!
We consider all the factors when trying to find a match. Four factors are considered when matching kidneys with potential recipients. The patient's Blood Type, Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs), Cross-matching antigens, and Paired Donation are all factors we consider.Learn More
You're Never Alone
You are in no way left alone. We're always here for you whenever you need, and for whatever questions you may have. Team members are available in person during business hours or on-call after hours to support any of your inquiries.Learn More