With more than 100,000 people waiting for a kidney in the United States, it is important to educate yourself and your family about transplantation as early as possible so you are prepared. There are many questions when it comes to transplantation. The PKD Foundation is here to help you navigate through the transplant process.

Transplant Basics

Getting ready for a kidney transplant can be overwhelming. There is a lot to learn and many steps to in the process from getting evaluated through transplant surgery.

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Types of Kidney Donation

There are two ways to get a kidney transplant – through a living donation or through a deceased donation. In the United States, most kidney transplants come from deceased kidney donors.

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Life After Transplant

Transplant surgery is a major operation and comes with risks for complications just like any other. Often your new kidney will begin to function immediately, although sometimes it can take several days for it to “wake up” and start working.

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