A kidney transplant is a treatment for kidney failure. It is a surgery to give you a healthy kidney from someone else’s body. This one new, healthy kidney can do the work that your two kidneys did when they were healthy. Your new kidney might come from someone who is still alive or someone who has just died.
Preparing for transplant
There are many steps you need to take to get ready for a kidney transplant. First, you must have an evaluation by a transplant center to decide if you are ready for the kidney transplant. If the evaluation teams decides you are ready, the next step is to find a kidney match, which your transplant team will help you with. Learn more about the process of preparing for a kidney transplant.
Types of transplants
You can get a kidney from a person who is still alive, or someone who has just died. People can survive with just one healthy kidney, so someone with two healthy kidneys may choose to donate one. Learn more about the types of transplant.
Life after transplant
To some people, getting a kidney transplant can feel like getting another chance at life. There are many great things that come with getting a kidney transplant, like having more time in the day and more freedom. There are also many things you should consider in your life after transplant that involve taking care of your new kidney. Learn more about life post-transplant.
Donate a kidney
More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Many more people are waiting for a kidney than for all other organs combined. Unfortunately, the number of people waiting for kidneys is much larger than the number of available kidneys from living and deceased donors. You can save a life by being a kidney donor. Learn how.