Benefits to a patient who receives a kidney from a living donor include:
- A higher rate of successful outcomes
- A better genetic match, which lessens the risk of rejection
- Immediate transplantation directly from the donor to the recipient at Baystate Medical Center, so the kidney usually begins working immediately.
- Convenient surgical schedules for both doctor and the recipient. With a kidney from a deceased donor, recipients are called to come in as soon as possible once a suitable kidney becomes available.