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. This is called a living donor transplant. A deceased donor kidney transplant comes from someone who has just died. You can get this type of transplant by being on the national waiting list.

Living donor transplant

A living donor kidney transplant is a surgery to give you a kidney from someone who is still alive. People can survive with just one healthy kidney, so someone with two healthy kidneys may choose to donate one. After your transplant, you and your donor will each have one healthy kidney. You can get a living donor kidney transplant if your doctor thinks it is safe for both you and your donor, and when you and your donor are both ready. Learn more about living donor kidney transplants.

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Deceased donor transplant

A deceased donor kidney transplant is a surgery to give you a kidney from someone who has just died. To get a kidney from a deceased donor, you must get on the national waiting list for deceased donor kidneys. Learn more about deceased donor kidney transplants.

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