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Living Kidney Donor Evaluation

Your Health is Our First Priority

Our evaluation process ensures that you understand all of the steps required and that you are healthy enough to donate part of your kidney. For more information, please review the Living Kidney Donor Manual PDF Icon and other materials in our Resource Library.

Contact Us

Living Kidney Donor Assessment Office
Room 100 G, Peter Munk Building – 12th Floor
Toronto General Hospital
585 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2N2​
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 4848
Fax: 416 340 3009
Email: ​​livingdonorkidney@uhn.ca



Living Kidney Donor Evaluation Process

Submit a Donor Health History Form PDF Icon, along with documentation of your blood type to the Living Kidney Donor program.

If you are a suitable donor, the program will contact you for a preliminary appointment.

You will need to visit Toronto General Hospital​ 2 or 3 times to complete your evaluation. Based on your age and your medical hsitory, 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 anesthesist. You may also need to be seen by a psychiatrist. Depending on your results, you may have to meet other healthcare professionals and go through other tests.

After your evaluation is done, your donor team will review all your test results and will talk to you about whether donating 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.

Donor safety is our first priority. We will not compromise the donor assessment process even if the donor is very sick.

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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. You can withdraw at anytime in the process.

If you know your recipient, we encourage you to talk to them about your status. Regular communication will reduce uncertainty during the evaluation. If you wish to remain anonymous to the recipient, please indicate this to the Living Donor Kidney Program at the beginning of the assessment.

To obtain information about the status of your evaluation, please call the Living Kidney Donor Assessment Office.


Staying Healthy

It is important to stay healthy while you are being evaluated as a donor and before your surgery. The donor team recommends the following:

DO​
  • Keep a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Use condoms for sexual activity.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.​​
DO NOT
  • 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.

Your Journey as a Living Donor

Learn more about what to expect at every step of your living donor journey. For a comprehensive list of helpful resources that will guide you through your donor journey as well as articles and videos on living organ donation, visit our Resource Library.

If you wish to speak with a living liver donor or recipient, please contact our office.

 

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