Living kidney donor

As you consider donating a kidney you may have some mixed emotions. The decision may be easy or difficult depending on your situation.

The decision to donate a kidney is personal. There are many things you will need to think about but, most important, you must choose what is right for you. You should not feel any pressure or feel rushed into making a decision. The decision to donate a kidney is yours and yours alone.

You will work closely with the members of your health care team for the best care possible. The transplant team will answer all of your questions and listen to your concerns.

Allina Health patient education manual

donating your kidney booklet cover

Donating Your Kidney

The decision to donate a kidney is personal. There are many things you will need to think about but, most important, you must choose what is right for you. You should not feel any pressure or feel rushed into making a decision.

If you have questions about information you found on a website, ask your transplant coordinator.

If you find a website that asks for you to register or that sells information or products and you are unsure about it, ask your transplant coordinator. 

  • The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) collects information about transplants performed throughout the United States. National and transplant center-specific patient outcome data is published twice a year. Information regarding Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program performance including average time on wait list and patient outcomes can be reviewed at srtr.org.
  • Life-Source.org: LifeSource
  • UNOS.org: United Network for Organ Sharing
  • Medicalert.org: Medic Alert
  • NKF.org: National Kidney Foundation
  • Medicare.gov: Medicare
  • OPTN.org: The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
  • ITSCC.org: International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative
  • Medicalert.org: Medic Alert

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, please email Allina Health's Patient Education Department at patienteducation@allina.com.

Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors
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Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2015
Last Reviewed: 02/24/2021