To qualify as a living donor, a person must be physically fit, in good health and free from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Individuals considered for living donation are usually between 18 and 60 years of age. The potential donor is carefully evaluated with a physical examination and tests to determine kidney function and studies to show the presence of two normal kidneys. Gender and race are not factors in determining a successful match. The decision about whether to accept the donor is made by the health care team at the transplant center.
Hume-Lee continues the tradition of innovation in the field of living donor kidney transplantation by being a national leader in the use of robotic surgery for donor nephrectomies (kidney removal). The benefits of robotic surgery include increased dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon, and decreased surgical trauma, pain and recovery time for the patient.
To learn more about becoming a living kidney donor, call (804) 828-4104 to speak to one of our specialized living donor nurse coordinators.