Kidney Transplant Transplant Services

Contact Info

Rachel Madarazo,
Living Donor Intake Patient Care Coordinator
Phone: 650-736-0795
Fax: 650-723-3997

Living donors offer the best chance for compatibility between recipient and donor organ, as well as improved transplant kidney and patient survival rates. If you’re fortunate enough to have a living donor then you’re truly blessed because donating a kidney requires a serious commitment on the part of the donor. And at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, we treat donors with the same level of care and attention that recipients receive.

We provide our potential living donors with comprehensive educational materials in order to be able to make an educated decision in regards to donation.

Preparing for Kidney Transplantation            


We perform comprehensive evaluations of both the donor and recipient prior to transplantation in order to ensure the safety of both of you.

For recipients, the hospital course for living donor kidney transplantation is similar to that for patients receiving a kidney from a deceased donor. However, you have the benefit of being able to schedule the date of your surgery. Both donor and recipient are admitted to the hospital one day prior to surgery for final evaluation and testing.

On the day of surgery, the kidney donor undergoes surgery first, with the recipient following immediately afterward.

English: Living Kidney Donation: What You Need to Know

Spanish: Living Kidney Donation: What You Need to Know

Care for the Kidney Donor

If you’re considering donating a kidney to a loved one, you’ll undergo a complete medical and psychological evaluation to ensure your safety and compatibility. If the evaluation determines that you’re not compatible, there are other options available for donation, including paired and chain donor transplantation.

As the donor, you and the recipient will be admitted to the hospital one day prior to surgery for a final evaluation.

The donor and recipient usually stay in the same unit the night before surgery, but stay in separate units afterward. We strongly encourage hospital visits to both you and the recipient.

As the donor, you can expect to stay in the hospital for two to three days after surgery. We schedule a follow-up appointment with you one week after discharge, with the focus on wound healing and pain management. Additional follow-up appointments are scheduled at two months, six months, one year, and two years after surgery.

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