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​​​​​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.​


Transplant Approval Process

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:

  1. All required tests and consultations have been done.
  2. You have met and talked with all members of the donor team who are involved in your evaluation.

During the Evaluation

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:​

  • Keep a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Use condoms for sexual activity
  • Avoid contact with sick people
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  • Take part in high-risk activities that may give you infections. This includes unprotected sex, drug use, tattoos and piercings.
  • Smoke. You need to stop at least 4 weeks before your surgery. It is best if you quit smoking if you want to be a donor.
  • Drink alcohol. You should stop drinking when you decide to become a donor.
  • Use any drugs without your doctor's approval. You do not use any non-prescription medication unless you have checked with the donor team.
  • Travel by airplane. Stop travelling by air at least 2 days before surgery and until at least 1 month after your surgery.

For women only:

  • Stop taking birth control pills or any kind of hormone treatment. Do this at least 4 weeks before surgery.

​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.

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