National Pair Registry

Pair Matching Program

Recipient and Donor Information

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) is dedicated to increasing the number of kidney transplants from living donors, improving donor-recipient matches for longer-lasting transplants, and offering protection and support to living kidney donors to make the kidney donation process safer, easier, and more convenient.” -NKR“The National Kidney Registry (NKR) is dedicated to increasing the number of kidney transplants from living donors, improving donor-recipient matches for longer-lasting transplants, and offering protection and support to living kidney donors to make the kidney donation process safer, easier, and more convenient. -NKR

Interested in having a microsite like Ed?

The following links provide information on what is a microsite, how to locate a participating transplant center, microsite coaching, microsite tips

5b77055a0b474c808d9bcc4ef7eea01e

How does the Pair Matching program?

When someone (Recipient 1) needs a kidney, but their potential donor (Donor 1) is not a good match or is not a match at all, the NKR can step in. They can find another person (Recipient 2) who needs a kidney and has a donor (Donor 2) willing to give one. Even if Donor B isn’t a good match for Recipient B, if they’re a match for Recipient A, they can arrange a swap.

What is the wait time once a kidney has been donated on your behalf?

“80% of the patients who enter paired exchange through the National Kidney Registry (NKR) are transplanted in under 90 days. Single center paired exchange programs have much longer wait times, especially for highly sensitized patients.”

4c4cf1a002da422b8bc1670b1d93c396

Why are direct matches no longer needed with the National Pair Registry?

Direct donation is the original form of kidney donation in which the donor knows the recipient and donates directly to them. This is generally the best option when the donor is a six-antigen-matched sibling. However, better donor-recipient matches can be found by participating in the Voucher Program or by participating in a National Kidney Registry (NKR) swap.

Through the NKR program, blood type, antibodies, and low-element matches are made, essentially providing a “better match,” which means the transplanted kidney will last longer and the recipient will require less immunosuppressive medication.

Ask your doctor for more information regarding this information.

Benefits of a low eplet mismatch:

Kidney For Life.Org

Reduces the probability of rejection: 63% of graft failure, after the first year post-transplant, is caused by chronic rejection. This is due to the patient’s immune system attacking what it sees as a foreign body—the transplanted kidney. It does this by forming de novo DSA (new antibodies), which attack the transplanted kidney and can cause the transplant to fail. The lower the eplet mismatches between the donor and the recipient, the lower the chance that de novo DSA will form, and the more likely the transplant will last a lifetime.”

Lower immunosuppressive medication: With a low eplet mismatch, there is an opportunity to safely reduce immunosuppressive medications taken after the transplant. Reducing these medications will help mitigate their side effects, which can include risk of infection, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, increased hair growth and hand trembling. Consult your nephrologist about your immunosuppression dosage.”

9bb7f6a30ce24bcc98768795d220bbbd

Is a Low Eplet Match Worth The Wait?

Mark we need a media player here to play this video. Its an important one.

National Pair Registry Voucher Program

The National Kidney Registry’s Voucher Program was created to overcome compatibility issues between donors and recipients, as well as to make the process more convenient for donors and allow the best possible match for recipients.

9e20fa67e38d42dcb4f513b016017b6b

Why Donate Through the Voucher Program?

Becoming a living kidney donor through the voucher Program may be the best option for  you if:

  • You are not compatible with your intended recipient.
  • You are Compatible with your intended recipient but a better match is possible.
  • You want to donate now but your intended recipient is not ready for a transplant.
  • You want to protect your family members by ensuring they will receive a living donor kidney if they ever need a transplant.

Utilizing the (NKR) Voucher Program Allows:

Living kidney donors to choose the most convenient time frame for their kidney donation surgery and provide one or more vouchers to people who can then be prioritized to receive a living donor kidney through the NKR if/when they need a transplant.

Living Kidney donors can choose the transplant facility of their choosing to have their surgeries, reducing the need for travel.

c499a00b00594ed8ba4d9d210d029376

Recovery Time for Living Kidney Donors After Surgery

The recovery time after living kidney donation surgery will vary depending on several factors, including the type of surgery and the donor’s rate of recovery. Typically, a living kidney donor will be in the hospital for one to three days after donation, should not fly for a minimum of one week after donation, and will need between two and four weeks of recovery time before returning to work. The more physical exertion the donor’s job requires, the longer the expected recovery time. For competitive athletes, we have heard some donors report that it took six to 12 months before they were back to their pre-surgery peak performance levels.

Ed looking at cat

More Information Button

National Pair Registry Website

Scroll to Top