Once you get to the stage when your kidneys are only just working (called end stage kidney failure) the team looking after you will talk to you about dialysis and transplant. Many people who have end stage kidney failure can go on the list for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor.
However, not everyone is suitable for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. Some people may be told that they can have a kidney transplant from a live donor but not from a deceased donor because of:
- previous transplants
- other health conditions the person’s overall health
- how their kidney disease has affected the rest of their body
- other surgery the person may need at the time of transplant
- lower than 80% chance of living more than 5 years after a deceased donor transplant.