A kidney transplant is a surgery done to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from a donor. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor or from a living donor. Family members or others who are a good match may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living transplant.
To get a deceased donor kidney, you will be placed on a waiting list once you have been cleared for a transplant. It can take many years for a good donor kidney to be offered to you. From the time you go on the list until a kidney is found, you may have to be on some form of dialysis.
There are a few things you need to understand before you get a transplant, getting and staying on the waitlist, how a donor is considered a match, how to find and even multi-list at transplant centers (hospitals) to name a few. Here is the information you need to get started on the path to transplantation.