Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Centura Transplant

Centura Transplant
2535 S Downing St
Ste 380
Denver, Colorado 80210-5850

Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Centura Transplant

Living donor kidney transplantation at Centura Transplant.

Ensuring your generous gift of life is in experienced, caring hands.

Donating one of your kidneys to a friend, family member or anonymously to someone in need is one of the greatest gifts you could give to another person. That’s why ensuring you receive safe and exceptional individualized care with our experienced team is of the utmost importance. Here at Centura Transplant in Denver, Colorado, our diverse team of physicians and staff members take a more multidisciplinary approach to kidney transplantation and other complex medical procedures. Our surgeons have performed more than 1,000 kidney transplants.

Living donor kidney transplantation is the best option for any person experiencing severe chronic kidney disease. Donors and recipients both gain comfort knowing they can anticipate shorter waiting times for transplant along with better outcomes as compared to deceased donor transplantations.

If you are interested in donating, our team will offer their expert advice to guide you through the confidential evaluation process. If you discover you and your intended recipient are not compatible, there’s an opportunity to still donate on behalf of your loved one through our paired exchange program. Our Transplant program participates in both the National Kidney Registry and the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation along with some of the largest and most respected kidney transplant programs in the nation.

Donor testimonial

Living kidney donor, Becky, talks about her journey as a kidney donor and her experience at Centura Transplant. If you're considering becoming a living donor, you can complete Centura Transplant's living kidney donor assessment.

Become a Living Donor

  • Living Donor Kidney FAQs. The answers to questions important to you.

    Who would qualify in becoming a living kidney donor?
    People in good general health can be donors. This usually means having no history of diabetes, no cancer within the last five years, no heart or vascular disease, and no recent or recurrent kidney stones.

    What are the standard procedures needed to donate?
    Those interested in donation go through four general phases of evaluation.

    • First, potential kidney donors complete an online health screening form to the transplant center to determine if they are possible candidates for donation.
    • Second, the transplant center arranges preliminary tests that include blood and urine samples. These tests make sure that the potential donor has excellent kidney function and no other abnormal laboratory findings related to donation safety.
    • Third, potential kidney donors visit the transplant center for evaluation and discussion with nephrologists, surgeons, nurse coordinators, financial coordinators and social workers. This also includes meeting with an Independent Living Donor Advocate who reviews the potential donor’s goals and motivations for donation. Additional tests may be ordered at this time, including radiology studies of the kidneys and blood vessels.
    • Finally, the donor’s full evaluation is reviewed with the multi-disciplinary team and a decision regarding approval to donate is made.

    What are the risks of being a living kidney donor?
    In the short term, surgery-related risks may include infection, blood loss, and surgical site healing issues such as hernia formation. All together, complications such as these occur in less than 5 to 10% of donors and generally are easily managed. In the long term, donating a kidney leaves an individual with a reserve of 70% of their original kidney function. This is more than adequate to lead a normal life, since people who need dialysis or kidney transplant typically have approximately 10% of normal kidney function. People who have donated a kidney should continue to follow up with their primary healthcare providers for annual check-ups to monitor for any changes in their health that could affect their kidney function. This includes monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and screening for blood and/or protein in the urine that can be detected early and managed.

    Do I need to be related to the person to whom I wish to donate?
    No. You do not need to be related to the person to whom you wish to donate. Blood types do not need to be identical and tissue matching is helpful, but not mandatory.

    Is kidney donation transplantation considered dangerous?
    No. Kidney donation transplantation is not a dangerous procedure. It is performed laparoscopically and the typical hospital stay is one to two days.

    Will my life expectancy be cut short by having kidney donation transplantation?
    No. Transplantation does not affect a donor’s life expectancy.

    Can I still have children after having kidney donation transplantation?
    Yes. You will still have the ability to have children.

  • Request Information & Referrals

    Living Kidney Donor

    Interested in becoming a Living Kidney Donor? Begin the process by completing our Living Donor Screening form.

    Become a Living Donor

    Patient Referral

    If you are a patient needing more information or a self-referral to Centura Transplant, please fill out our Centura Transplant Patient Self-Referral.

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    Physician Referral

    If you are a provider needing to refer a patient to Centura Transplant, please fill out our Centura Transplant Physician Referral Form.

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