What is a kidney transplant?
A kidney transplant is an operation in which a person with kidney failure receives a new kidney. The new kidney takes over the work of filtering waste products and excess fluids from the blood.
Are there different kinds of kidney transplants?
Yes. There are two types of kidney transplants: those that come from living donors and those that come from donors who have died (non-living donors). A living donor may be someone in your family. It may also be your spouse or close friend. In some cases, it may be a stranger who wishes to donate a kidney to anyone in need of a transplant. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of kidney transplants.