The Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center
Information on Kidney Donation
About Living Donors
- Patients are encouraged to seek living donors.
- Each year of dialysis takes a toll on your heart, we encourage you to find a living donor to help reduce this risk.
- Recipients of living donors have notably higher success rates, shorter hospital stays and require less immunosuppression.
- You are encouraged to call our team for more information on starting the conversation with a potential donor.
- If you find a living donor match, you will bypass the wait for a deceased donor kidney.
- If you have an incompatible donor, you and your donor may choose to be entered in the paired exchange program, which allows your donor to give to a compatible recipient and another living donor to give to you.
- Living donors should know that surgery is generally done laparoscopically and hospital stays average only three days.
Willing donors may be excluded from donating to friends or loved ones because of blood type or cross-match incompatibility. To make the gift of life possible for more people, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the state's other transplant centers, and the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network have formed a statewide living donor kidney exchange program. The program involves the match and exchange of kidneys between like pairs of compatible donors and recipients.
After thorough evaluation and approval by the transplant team, participating donor and recipient pairs are matched for the exchange and the surgeries take place simultaneously. Donors and recipients remain anonymous unless all parties agree to meet after the transplant surgeries have taken place.
Channel 2 News WCBS New York Featured Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and its patients in a story about paired kidney donation:
Dr. David Laskow was interviewed as the surgeon who performed one of two simultaneous living donation kidney transplant surgeries – one was done here at RWJUH and the other one was done at the same time at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio.
The patients involved in this unique transplant traveled from Michigan, North Brunswick and Staten Island to New Brunswick and Toledo to participate in the altruistic donations.
This is the first time in New Jersey a paired kidney exchange has been performed inter-state.
RWJUH is among the state’s top hospitals for organ donation and through its participation in the paired exchange program, will be able to link more willing donors with more patients from across the country, reduce waiting time and ultimately save more lives.
Patients who meet the criteria for a kidney transplant are placed on the national waiting list maintained by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Kidneys are matched based on the following:
- blood type
- tissue type
- medical suitability
- length of time on the list
During your time on the waiting list, it is important that you:
- update the transplant team on any changes in your physical condition
- provide the team with any changes in your personal or insurance information
- visit us for your annual or bi-annual consultation.