A kidney transplant
is when a healthy kidney from another person is put into your body. When your kidneys have stopped working, the new kidney can do the work that your own kidneys used to do.
There are two main types of kidney transplants:
- Deceased donor transplant.
A deceased donor transplant comes from someone who has just died. To get a deceased donor transplant, you must be put on a waiting list.
- Living donor transplant.
A living donor transplant comes from someone who is still living. This is possible because each person only needs one normal kidney to be healthy. A person with two healthy kidneys can donate one kidney to someone whose kidneys have failed. A living donor can be a family member, a friend or even a stranger.
Talk to your doctor if you think you might want to get a kidney transplant. Your doctor can help you decide if a transplant is right for you. He or she can also refer you to a transplant center, where you will work with a transplant team.