Living donor transplants

Volunteering to give a healthy kidney to someone who needs a transplant

Most people can live a normal life with only one of their two kidneys. Some choose to donate one of their kidneys and this is called living kidney donation.

When possible, this is always the better type of transplant. For kidneys from live donors, about 90 out of 100 kidney transplants will still be working five years after transplantation.

The person giving the kidney is known as the donor. The person receiving the kidney is known as the recipient.

If you are considering transplantation, our transplant team will give you information to help you choose the right treatment for you. 

If you would like to find out more about becoming a living donor, speak to our lead nurse for living donation, tel: 020 7188 3777, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

The procedure

When a living donor kidney transplant takes place, the kidney is removed from the donor and transplanted into the recipient. We remove the donated kidney using keyhole (also known as laparoscopic techniques). 

We have the largest experience of hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (HALDN) in the UK. This is more commonly known as keyhole surgery to remove a kidney. All of our live donor operations are performed using this technique, no matter how complex.

The future

Currently, we perform up to four living donor operations per week. This has enabled us to develop a laparoscopic training programme and we are one of the major training units in the UK for this type of surgery. We also assist other UK transplant units who wish to learn this technique.

 

 

Contact the living donor coordinators

If you would like to find out more about becoming a living donor, speak to our lead nurse for living donation.

  • Tel: 020 7188 3777, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

NHS Blood and Transplant

Find out more about living donation on the NHS Blood and Transplant website and watch a series of short films explaining living donation through the eyes of living donors, transplant recipients and healthcare professionals.