UCLA is one of the leading programs on the West Coast offering living donor kidney transplantation for adult kidney transplant and pediatric kidney transplant patients. This procedure is one way our commitment to innovation, research and trials makes transplant available to more people.
For a living donor kidney transplant, surgeons remove one kidney from a living donor and transplant it in the recipient.
The living donor usually is a relative or close friend, but anyone who is medically healthy can donate a kidney. After the transplant, both donor and recipient can function normally with one kidney each.
Our extensive experience in living donor kidney transplantation makes us a trusted choice. We offer:
Adult and pediatric care in one facility: Few facilities offer pediatric care and adult care in the same program. At UCLA, the living donor and recipient stay in the same hospital and are cared for by the same team. This makes recovery easier and less stressful for children and adults alike.
Transition to adult care: We care for all of our transplant patients before and after your transplant - from childhood through adulthood, in one facility. Learn more about our process for the transition to adult care.
Kidney Exchange Program: Children and adults who are unable to receive a kidney from a loved one or friend have the opportunity at UCLA to receive a living-donor organ through an exchange among incompatible donor-recipient pairs.
Incompatible Blood Type: Some living-donor transplants are possible even if they involve blood group (ABO) or tissue antigen (HLA) incompatible pairs. Read more about incompatible blood type kidney transplant.
Living donor transplant recipients are evaluated and approved for transplant just like traditional kidney transplant recipients.
The living donor transplantation procedure includes: