Before you can have a living donor kidney transplant, you will need to have an evaluation at your transplant center. The evaluation will help the transplant team figure out if transplant is a good treatment option for you. You will also have tests that will help the doctors gather information about your kidneys, so that they can make sure your donor’s kidney is a good match for yours. Any person who wants to give you a kidney will also have these tests to find out if his or her kidney is a good match for you. A family member might be a match or you might have to look for a donor outside of your family.

If you find a living donor, you and your donor will both have surgery on the same day, in the same hospital. The donor will have surgery to take one of his or her kidneys out. You will have surgery to have the donor’s kidney put into your body.