Often the only hope for those with advanced and permanent kidney failure is the transplant of a new kidney. Only one kidney is necessary – a healthy kidney can take on the work of two failing kidneys.
The UMass Memorial Transplant Program offers this highly successful surgical procedure that places a healthy kidney from a deceased or living donor into the body of a patient suffering from renal failure.
UMass Memorial pediatric patient, Jameson, received his live-saving kidney transplant in 2013. Learn more about our pediatric kidney transplant program or read Jameson’s story.
Learn more about our Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program.
Living Donor Kidney Transplants at UMass Memorial Medical Center
Living donor kidney transplant is a procedure that involves removing one healthy kidney from a living donor and transplanting it into a family member or close friend. Nationally, the survival rate for live donor kidney transplants is greater than 98 percent after one year.
Becoming a Living Kidney Donor
To be considered a living donor, you must be in excellent health and between the ages of 21 and 70. Most donors are related to or have a very special relationship with the recipient.
The donor must go through an evaluation process to ensure they are in excellent health with no evidence of an underlying disease or other medical problem that would put them at increased risk for the surgery.
About Donating a Kidney
The procedure itself requires only minimally invasive surgery known as laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. This procedure requires only small incisions, and generally offers a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay compared to traditional open procedures. First performed in the 1950s, kidney transplants have evolved to the point where rejection and postsurgical infections are greatly reduced.
Could You Be a Kidney Donor?
Call UMass Memorial Medical Center at 508-334-1269 to find out how you can give the gift of life.