Myths About Living Kidney Donation
By Marian Charlton, RN, CCTC
The purpose of kidney transplantation is to give a healthy kidney to a person who has kidney disease. A successful kidney transplant may prevent the need for dialysis and the complications associated with kidney failure.
For many years, the kidney that was transplanted had to come from a person who had died, from a “deceased donor.” But there are not enough deceased donors for the number of people who need kidney transplants.
Although living donor kidney transplantation is more common, there are still many myths associated with living donor kidney transplantation.