A kidney donor evaluation is the first step of the donor assessment process. During your kidney donor evaluation, you will have several tests done and you will talk to a member of the transplant team to find out if a kidney donation is safe and right for you. You will need to visit the
Toronto General Hospital 2 or 3 times to complete your evaluation. Based on your age and your medical history, you may have all or some of these tests:
You will also meet with a transplant assessment coordinator, social worker, donor doctor, donor surgeon and anesthetist. You may also need to be seen by a psychiatrist.
After your evaluation is done, your donor doctor will review all your test results and will talk to you about whether a kidney donation is right for you.
You may be approved to become a kidney donor if:
It is important to stay healthy while you are being evaluated as a donor and before your surgery. The live donor transplant team recommends the following:
For women only:
As a donor you will have a separate team of medical professionals caring for you. Your evaluation records are kept confidential and will not be discussed with the recipient. To obtain information about the status of your evaluation, you will have to call the Living Kidney Donor Program.
If you know your recipient, we encourage you to talk to them about your status. Communication between each other will reduce uncertainty during the evaluation.
One organ and tissue donor can save up to 8 lives and improve life for up to 75 others.