Frequently Asked Questions About Donation

Living Donation: FAQ

Who can donate? 
Living kidney donors must be 18 years of age or older and be in very good medical and psychological health. Each potential donor meets with the Queen’s Transplant team to evaluate whether these criteria are met.

What is the organ donor screening process? 
Each potential donor meets with a nurse for an initial screening and will complete blood and urine tests, as well as x-ray studies. The potential donor also meets with physicians to make sure there are no medical issues that would prevent donation.

What happens if I change my mind?
Counseling and education are provided throughout the process, but potential donors have the right to opt out of donation at any time.

Will donating a kidney impact me long term?
Studies suggest that long-term health after donation is not negatively impacted. Kidney donors live just as long, and with the same quality of life as if they had not donated a kidney. The donor’s chance for a long, normal, and healthy life remains the same with one kidney.

What kind of financial commitment am I making by donating a kidney?
Usually, any costs incurred by living donation are covered by the recipient’s insurance, or Medicare. For more information, check out our page on financial considerations.

How do I know if living kidney donation is the right decision for me? 
This is a question we receive frequently, but unfortunately cannot answer. While consulting with your family, physicians, and other trusted advisors can be helpful, the only person who can answer this question is the potential donor themselves.

Living donation is not for everyone, and we recommend doing personal research to determine if it is the correct decision for you. Potential donors may find it helpful to talk with another person who has been a living donor. Donors will also have an opportunity to talk with an independent living donor advocate (ILDA). The ILDA advocates for potential living donors by helping to promote the donor’s best interest.

Common Myths

  • Living kidney donation DOES NOT reduce a person’s life expectancy.
  • Living kidney donation DOES NOT increase the risk of developing kidney disease.
  • Living kidney donation NOES NOT impact the outcomes of pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Living kidney donation DOES NOT increase the risk of developing poor health.

Read more Living Kidney Donor Information here.