Over the last four years, Northwestern’s living donor kidney transplant program has grown to become one of the largest in the country, performing 636 living donor kidney transplants over the past four years. This is more than any other hospital in the United States. In 2011, surgeons performed 154 living donor kidney transplants. Kidneys from living donors tend to last longer, function better and have fewer complications than organs from deceased donors. However, approximately one third of living donors are not a match for their intended recipient.
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