The left kidney is usually removed for transplantation from a living donor. The organ most commonly administered by a living donor is the kidney. Parts of other organs, including the lung, liver and pancreas, are now transplanted from living donors. Sometimes the kidney is lost due to rejection, surgical complications, or the original disease that caused the recipient's kidney to fail.
Kidneys are recovered from living donors or from deceased donors (brain death or donation after cardiac death). AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease, and the millions most at risk, to support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease, from prevention to life after transplant. The impact of COVID-19 on kidney transplantation and kidney transplant recipients: one year after the pandemic. A kidney from a left donor will be implanted on the right side and a kidney from a right donor will be implanted on the left side.
As a kidney donor, the risk of developing kidney failure later in life is no greater than that of a person in the general population of similar age, sex, or race. You should also meet with a psychologist and an independent living donor advocate to make sure you are mentally and emotionally prepared to donate one of your kidneys. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and oldest organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. Good Samaritan living donors are altruistic (often anonymous) donors who want to donate their kidney to people they don't know.
If you have kidney failure, having a kidney transplant may mean a longer, healthier life without dialysis. In laparoscopic surgery on a donor kidney, the surgeon makes small cuts in the donor's stomach and the kidney is removed through an incision large enough to fit. While most kidneys with delayed graft function eventually work, they have a somewhat decreased life expectancy compared to kidneys that work right away. If it is determined that you are healthy and that your antibodies and blood type match those of the person receiving the kidney, you may be approved to donate the kidney.
Both you and the recipient of the kidney (the person who received it) can live with only one healthy kidney. If you want to be a living donor, you will need to undergo a medical examination with blood tests to make sure you are healthy enough to donate a kidney. If you have two healthy kidneys, you may be able to donate one of your kidneys to improve or save someone else's life.