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Living Donors - The Gift of Life

What Kidney Donors Need to Know: Before, During and After Donating a Kidney

Nephrologist Karl Womer discusses live kidney donors, including the evaluation process and qualifications to become a donor, common misconceptions, medical concerns, and long term effects of kidney donation.


 Today, living organ donation is a viable option for many transplant patients, yet the number of people waiting for a transplant far exceeds the number of donors. There are many benefits for both the donor and the recipient, such as improved health and better quality of life.

At the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, we excel in live kidney donations. In fact, in 1995, our specialists developed the least invasive live donor surgical procedure called a laparoscopic nephrectomy. This procedure requires only four small incisions.

At the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, we specialize in living kidney donations. If you have questions about live liver donations, please call 410-614-2989 for more information.

To become a living kidney donor, call 410-614-9345 or register online.

Read one donor's story at the Living Legacy of Maryland's website.


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