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Living donor kidney evaluation is a three-part process, comprising a questionnaire and blood tests, multidisciplinary team evaluations and a surgeon visit.
Donating a kidney to another individual is an act of great kindness. Nearly half of the kidneys transplanted at Massachusetts General Hospital are given by living donors—family members, friends, co-workers and donors who are unknown to the recipient.
Living donor kidney transplants have several benefits, including:
Individuals who wish to become living kidney donors undergo a three-part evaluation process, as described below. Our dedicated donor coordinators guide potential donors through each step, keeping them informed of testing and evaluation results. Typically, the recipient's insurance will cover the cost of the evaluation and surgery.
Once all tests are complete, the donor’s candidacy is reviewed at the Mass General Transplant Center’s multidisciplinary kidney transplant selection meeting. If the donor is approved, donation surgery can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for both the donor and recipient.
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