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Living Kidney Donation Process

Where do I start?

A series of steps are used to see if you can donate your kidney. Each step is designed to learn more about your health as well as give you more time to think through this important decision. The evaluation may take several weeks to complete. You can change your mind at any time. There are risks and possible complications to any surgery, but we will NEVER let you donate if it is not safe for you!

Here are the steps:

  • Complete our online health history questionnaire from a desktop or laptop computer. Once you have completed the form, and there are no issues, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. A donor coordinator will call you within 2-3 business days to guide you through the rest of the process.
  • Preliminary Review. A physician will review the information gathered from the questionnaire and the coordinator. Once a physician has cleared the preliminary review, the process continues to the next step. 
  • Financial Clearance. The recipient’s insurance or Medicare covers all your donor testing, surgery, and medical care related to donation. Our financial specialists will review your financial situation and help provide you additional resources and/or assistance if needed.
  • Medical Tests and Exams. Your nurse will order a complete medical work-up, including blood pressure check, blood and urine testing, chest x-ray, cardiology testing, cancer screenings, tuberculosis testing, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, cardiac evaluation (if necessary) and a CT scan of your kidneys.*
  • Meet The Team. You will have an opportunity to meet with our transplant team, physicians and social workers to go over any additional questions you may have.  
  • Complete Testing and Evaluation. If all results are normal and the transplant selection committee and insurance have approved the donation, you will be able to set a surgery date that works best for you and the recipient.

*If at any time during the evaluation process test results are abnormal, we will notify you and stop the process. Surgery is scheduled only after the evaluation is complete and the Transplant Team has determined this is a safe procedure for you.

Learn more about living kidney donation by watching this video!