Become a Living Kidney Donor
Thank you for your interest in the National Kidney Registry’s sponsored 1K12M (One Kidney, 12 Marathons) initiative with living donor marathoners Matt Cavanaugh and Hilary Baude.
Many people do not realize that they may be medically qualified to donate a kidney to one of the more than 90,000 people in the United States currently waiting for a kidney. A kidney from a living donor not only allows the recipient to undergo a transplant much sooner, but also typically lasts longer than kidneys from deceased donors.
Ready to see if you’re qualified to donate your kidney?
Take the first step and complete a 5-minute introductory questionnaire.
What is Involved in Donating A Kidney?
Donating a kidney is a life-changing gift but also a major commitment that involves extensive testing, major surgery and weeks of recovery time. If you decide to donate a kidney, here’s the process you’ll go through.
Screening & Testing
- 45 mins Complete a confidential screening / medical history
- ~3 days Center will contact you
- ~3 days Complete standard workup
- 1 – 4 weeks Get cleared for donation
Surgery & Recovery
- 1 day Complete pre-op
- 1 – 5 hours Complete surgery
- 1 – 4 days Recover in hospital
- 1 week Refrain from flying
- 1 – 4 weeks Recover at home*
*Most people can return to normal activities after 2 – 4 weeks. Donors with physically demanding jobs may need 4 – 6 weeks of recovery before returning to work. High-performance athletes will need 6 months to a year before they are back to pre-donation performance levels.
Living Kidney Donation Process
If you want to become a living kidney donor, you can donate to someone you know or a stranger. Before you become a living kidney donor you will need to go through thorough testing to ensure you are medically able to donate. If you want to donate your kidney to someone specific, the NKR’s Voucher Program is the best way to ensure your intended recipient gets the best matched kidney, and you don’t have to be compatible with your intended recipient.