The wait for a deceased donor kidney is often between three to five years in this region. There is no guarantee when a deceased donor kidney will become available for you. As patients wait for years for a deceased donor kidney, their overall health may decline. For this reason, we strongly advise patients to consider talking to family members, friends and others about living kidney donation.

Living kidney donation offers patients the best chance for a high quality kidney without a long waiting time. Patients who have a living kidney donor may be able to avoid dialysis, or to shorten their time on dialysis, because they are not waiting for a deceased donor kidney. This has many health benefits for the transplant patient. A live donor transplant can also be scheduled at the convenience of the donor and recipient.