Information on Becoming a Living Donor | Iowa Methodist Transplant Center

Living Donor Information

Becoming a living donor could save a life. If you are considering becoming a living kidney donor, please read through this information as you make your decision. The Iowa Methodist Transplant Center hopes to prepare you for each step of your living donation process.

Living Donor Referral Information

Living Donor Health History Information

Before Your Kidney Donation

During Your Kidney Donation

After Your Kidney Donation

General Questions

Q: How long does a living donor kidney typically last after it is transplanted?

A: Half of living donor kidneys are still functioning after 15 years. This compares to only 10 years for deceased donor kidneys.

Q: What if my blood type does not match the person I want to donate to?

A: Incompatible kidney transplants can be done with great success, however, it requires desensitization. A more preferred method is to exchange donors either locally or in the national paired exchange program. 

Q: I have high blood pressure. Can I donate?

A: Yes, if it is easily controlled and the medical evaluation places you at low risk for kidney disease.

Q: I am overweight. Can I donate?

A: Yes, if your risk of developing diabetes is low and the medical evaluation places you at low risk for kidney disease.

Q: What if I don't know anyone who needs a kidney transplant, but I still want to donate?

A: You are classified an altruistic/humanitarian donor. We will run a list of compatible patients waiting for a kidney at this center to find a potential match. You will also have the option to participate in a national/local paired donor exchange.

Q: Can I have children after I donate a kidney? 

A: Yes. You should plan accordingly and allow recovery time in between donation and pregnancy.

Q: What if my blood type doesn't match my recipients?

A: We are part of the national paired exchange pilot study though UNOS.  

Q: Can I live with only one kidney?

A: Yes, you only need one healthy kidney to live a long, healthy life.

Additional Donation Resources

United Network for Organ Sharing

National Kidney Foundation

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