Become a Living Kidney Donor
To become a living kidney donor, please reach out to our Pre-Transplant Coordinator, Allison Ford at Allison.Ford@jefferson.edu or 215-456-4569
Living kidney donors are an integral part of Einstein’s kidney transplant program. Giving a kidney to a family member, friend or acquaintance, or even someone you don’t know, is the gift of life.
In order to donate a kidney, Einstein provides:
- Counsel to explain the physical and psychological requirements
- Extensive tests to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure
- Blood type and immune system compatibility test to donate to a specific recipient
Minimally-Invasive Surgical Option for Donors
Einstein can remove kidneys from living donors using minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques that are less painful and reduce recovery time, by making just three to five small incisions in a donor’s abdomen.
Mini-Incision Removal of Donor Kidney
Similar to a laparoscopic technique, a mini-incision removal of a kidney from a living donor includes a faster recovery time and better cosmetic recovery than conventional surgery. Kidney donation is performed through just a single three- to four-inch incision on the donor’s abdomen.
Speaking to others about donating a kidney may be uncomfortable, but you don’t have to do it alone. Asking a friend or family member to be your “Kidney Champion” may help you find a living donor. Kidney Champions help spread the word to potential donors by organizing events, raising awareness, and reaching out to your local community. With the help of a dedicated Kidney Champion, it is possible to find a compatible living donor willing to provide this life-changing gift.