For Patients & Families: Kidney Transplant Information



overview and introduction

learn about kidney transplants


When a patient's kidneys fail, they need medical treatment to help their body perform the work their own kidneys can no longer manage on its own. One of the most effective treatment options for kidney failure is a kidney transplant.


A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that places a healthy kidney from a live or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys no longer function properly. 


It is important to note that a kidney transplant is a treatment for kidney failure; it’s not a cure. Patients who receive transplants will need to take daily medication to ensure their immune systems don't reject the new kidney. Patients will also need to see their health care providers regularly.


A working transplanted kidney does a better job of filtering wastes and keeping you healthy than dialysis. However, a kidney transplant isn’t for everyone. Your doctor may tell you that you’re not healthy enough for transplant surgery.

about kidney transplants

basic facts and information

Use the following list to learn more about kidney transplants and find answers to some common questions related to organ donation.


getting a transplant

how it works

Learn what to expect when receiving a kidney transplant - find facts about surgery, recovery, and how to plan for life with a new kidney.


finding a kidney

introduction to the donor process

There are two ways to receive a kidney transplant: through a living donor, or through a deceased donor. To learn more about how both processes work, please consult the list below. 


transplant / donor resources

further reading

read more about topics related to kidney transplants

To learn more about topics related to kidney transplantation please visit our national office's Kidney A - Z Health Guide by clicking the links below. 


NKFI kidney health resources

The information shared on this website has been reviewed by staff at the New York City headquarters of the National Kidney Foundation. Please note: material contained here are intended solely for reference. This material does not constitute medical advice; it is intended for informational purposes only. If you feel you need professional medical care, please consult a physician for specific treatment recommendations.

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