About the Living Kidney Donor Survey

With the input from other living kidney donors, I created this survey to help share the perspectives of other donors and to help guide conversations that can be difficult or overwhelming. The intention is not to reinforce any particular perspective, but to simply create a better and more complete starting point where information can seem scarce.

This Survey is Biased

All surveys can be biased and data is not always as precise as we'd like it to be. Before digging in to the results, look at how the respondents of this kidney donor survey answered a few key questions about their experience and think about how those answers may influence other responses throughout the survey.

Kidney Donor Recovery Timelines

Everyone's recovery is different and it's important to prepare for best and worst case scenarios. In the survey, I asked a few questions to help give a prospective donors a better sense of timelines and how much it can vary.

Lefty or Righty?

If both kidneys function equally, surgeons usually prefer to take a donor's left kidney. The survey data is consistent with that, but when I shared the breakdown of the left vs. right kidney donors I learned that this choice could have long term impacts on the donor's health.

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