Kidney transplantation

Our care

During a kidney transplantation the donor kidney which takes over your kidney function is placed in the pelvis. Your own kidneys usually remain where they are. A donor kidney is from a living donor or from a donor who has passed away.

The LUMC as a center of expertise

In 1966 Leiden was the first place in the Netherlands where a kidney transplantation was performed. Since then more than four thousand kidney transplantations have been performed here. At the LUMC we perform about a hundred and fifty kidney transplantations per year and there are more than one thousand patients who come to us for check-ups after a transplantation. Our doctors are very experienced both when it comes to emergency transplantations (with kidneys of deceased donors) as well as transplantations involving living kidney donors. 

We also specialize in exceptional situations, such as blood type incompatible transplantation or transplantation for people who have previously had a kidney transplantation. Together with you our team of experts is ready to look for the best possible treatment. 

For more information see Quality of our care.

Good aftercare

We not only wish your stay in hospital and operation to go well, but we also think it is very important that you can look back to this time as positively as possible. Therefore, wherever possible we will gear our care to your wishes, accurately control the pain relief after the operation and offer good aftercare when you go home.


As a transplantation patient can I get a donor from abroad?
Do my own kidneys have to be removed for the transplantation?
I am seriously overweight, can I have a kidney transplantation?
Can the recipient and the donor stay in the same room?
Are my visitors allowed to give me flowers or plants?
What causes rejection after a transplantation?
What is the risk of rejection?
At the moment I am a dialysis patient and my health insurance reimburses my taxi. Do I still get reimbursed after the transplantation?
I have heard that there are various expense allowance schemes for kidney transplantation patients. Is that right?
As a couple living together (donor and recipient) we would like to have domestic help after the transplantation. Who arranges that?
I am travelling or visiting a festival and I get checked at the entrance or customs. What do I do with my pills?