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Kidney Transplant Cost In India


  • Surgery for Patient
  • Surgery for Donor
  • Stay at Hospital
  • Pre-operative Investigations
  • Medicines and Consumables at the hospital
  • Food at the hospital
  • Airport transfers
  • IndiCure assistance

Does Not Include

  • Accommodation outside the hospital
  • Air tickets
  • Visa

Stay Required

  • Donor : Stay at the Hospital - 5 to 7 days 
  • Recipient : Stay at the Hospital - 6 to 8 days 
  • Stay in India - 6 to 8 weeks
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Kidney Transplant cost in India starts from US $15,000 and varies depending on the patient's medical condition and history, donor's medical history, comorbidities the patient and donor has-if any, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

Factors that affect Kidney Transplant cost in India

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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Best Kidney Transplant Surgeons in India

Dr Vikram Sharma
Dr. Vikram Sharma

Urology Surgeon

MBBS, MS, Diploma in Urology, Institute of Urology, London

36+ Years

Dr. Vikram Sharma is one of the senior-most, nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of urology. Having rich clinical experience spanning over 36 years makes him one of the most senior pioneers in this area.

He is at present associated with Fortis Memorial Research Institute as a Director of Urology, Andrology, Robotics, and Kidney Transplant Surgery. A nationally and internationally renowned expert, Dr Sharma is also a visiting Professor of Urology at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

He has several surgical innovations to his credit like the introduction of Green Light Laser Treatment in India for prostate surgery. Dr. Vikram has also founded the very first Andrology Centre in India-The Alpha One Andrology Group which is solely committed to providing treatment for Male Sexual Dysfunction.

Dr Shalabh Agarwal
Dr. Shalabh Agarwal

Urology And Laparoscopic Surgeon

MBBS, MS, DNB (Urology)

15+ Years

Dr. Shalabh Agarwal is a reputed and skilled urology surgeon in India. He has a rich professional and clinical experience of over 15+ years in this discipline with a keen interest in Endo-urology and laparoscopic urology.

He has completed his medical graduation and did Masters in Surgery from the renowned Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, and did DNB in Urology from the esteemed Army Hospital Research & Referral, Delhi. He has gained extensive expertise through all his tenure in Pediatric urology, Urinary cancers Procedures, Urolithiasis, and Prostatic diseases.

His areas of expertise include TURP, Laser prostatectomy, minimally invasive and laser techniques like URS, PCNL, RIRS, Radical prostatectomy, radical cystectomy, Construction of neo-bladder, Radical nephrectomy, PUJ obstruction, Urethral valves, Pyeloplasty, Ureteric reimplantation, treatment of men's sexual problems and infertility, treatment of female urological disorders like prolapse, vaginal fistulas, urinary incontinence, etc.

Dr. Manohar T
Dr. Manohar T

Urology Surgeon

MBBS, MS, DNB (Gen Surg.), DNB (Genitourinary surgery), Fellowship (Laparoscopy and Endourology)

10+ Years

Dr. Manohar T is amongst the most accomplished and reputed uro-surgeon in the country. He has a rich clinical experience of over a decade and has more than 6000 laser surgeries, around 700 laparoscopic procedures, and 10,000 kidney stone procedures under his belt.

He has performed the highest number of Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery (RIRS) in India and is one of the handfuls of surgeons across the world to perform on large prostates varying from 100-350 grams by Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate technique through a minimally invasive approach.

He has a keen interest in research activities and is currently involved in the assessment of the epi epidemiology, etiology, and PSA level of cancer of the prostate in Indian men. He also has several awards and honors to his credit and has numerous publications featured in national and international journals.

Best Kidney Transplant Hospitals in India

Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Fortis Memorial Research Institute


Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), the flagship hospital of Fortis Healthcare, is a multi-specialty, quaternary care hospital and is counted among the best hospitals in India and the world. The hospital is considered as "Mecca of Healthcare" and a referral hospital, not only in the entire Asia Pacific but much beyond.
The hospital boasts of an enviable International faculty- the clinicians considered to be among the best doctors in the world and even specialty nurses offer nothing but the best in clinical care. The hospital has the most modern, state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology in the hands of the most technically sound technicians, who offer clinical excellence beyond comparison.

Medanta Medicity
Medanta Medicity


The Medicity is one of India's largest multi super-specialty institutes located in Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR-DELHI). Founded by one of the most renowned cardiac surgeons in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Medanta was established with the aim to provide the highest standards of medical care to patients backed by clinical research.
Spread across 43 acres, the institute includes a research center, medical and nursing school. It has 1250 beds and over 350 critical care beds with 37 operation theatres catering to over 20 specialties. Backed by the latest and most advanced technology, the institute is counted among the best medical institution in the world and attracts lots of patients from across the globe.

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Kidney Transplant in India

Kidney transplant also called kidney/renal transplantation is a complex and major surgical procedure. With advanced innovations in surgical technologies, kidney transplant in India is safe and yields good outcomes.

For transplant, a kidney can either be taken from a living donor who is willing to donate one kidney to the patient, or from a dead person or cadaver. But due to long waiting time for the kidneys from cadavers, patients usually opt for the live donor transplant.

It is important to note that the organ transplant laws in India are very strict and prohibit any commercial transaction for kidney transplant in India. The law in India allows only blood relatives to donate a kidney and if an unrelated person wants to donate a kidney, special permission from the Government of India is to be taken.

There should be absolutely no commercial transaction involved between the donor and the recipient for kidney transplant in India. If the proposed donor or the recipient or both are foreigners and are seeking kidney transplant operation in India, a senior Embassy official of the country of origin or the government of the country concerned (authenticated by the Embassy concerned in India) has to certify the relationship between the donor and the recipient.

  • Identify donor from your country- preferably a close relative
  • Investigate donor- patient compatibility in your country. If it is not available, get it done in a country closest to you. Else, you may have to come to India for investigations.
  • When the compatibility is confirmed, both the patient and the donor shall be investigated for operability.
  • Kidney transplant in India will happen after the above confirmations and completion of documents related to kidney transplant operation in India.


As the latest techniques of kidney transplant are advancing, many people from around the world come for kidney transplantation in India. Owing to the low cost of kidney transplant in India, highly skilled & experienced surgeons and state of art hospital facilities, India has emerged as one of the most favorable destinations for organ transplants in the world.

With end to end services for your hassle-free organ transplant in India with IndiCure, medical tourism in India has been made quite easy besides being affordable.

Kidney is one of the most vital organs of the human body that performs an important function of filtering waste from your blood and excreting that waste out of the body in the form of urine. It also assists in maintaining the body's fluid and electrolyte balance. If the kidney ceases working normally, the waste starts accumulating in the body and it makes you ill and you would need kidney transplant to replace your diseased kidney with a new, healthy kidney.

The new healthy kidney can be sourced from the living person who is willing to donate a kidney or it can be obtained from the dead person or a cadaver.
The basic principle behind kidney transplant from a living donor is that one can lead a healthy and normal life even with one kidney which is sufficient for normal functioning of the human body.

Kidney transplant allows the person with renal failure to lead a normal and active life and makes the person free from lifelong reliance on dialysis and associated strict schedule.

However, kidney transplant is not suitable for every single patient with kidney failure. To determine the compatibility and the chances of successful kidney transplant, a series of tests are performed on both the donor and the patient. The tests include blood group typing, tissue and HLA typing and cross matching.

Several disorders can damage the kidneys eventually making your kidneys stop working completely. The main cause for kidney damage is end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney failure. Kidney failure can be acute which is caused due to short term severe illness of kidneys or it can be chronic kidney failure, which happens as a result of long term ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure etc.

There are certain risk factors that make people prone to kidney failure and ESRD. These include:

  • Severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Vascular disease like renal artery thrombosis, progressive systemic thrombosis etc.
  • Cancers including renal cell carcinoma, multiple myeloma, lymphoma etc.
  • Diseases like acute tubular necrosis, acquired obstructive nephropathy
  • Inherited or congenital kidney disease like polycystic kidney disease, congenital obstructive nephropathy etc.
  • SLE, injury
  • Sickle cell anemia

When is Kidney Transplant required?

If you are diagnosed with ESRD or if your glomerular filtration rate, that means, the rate of filtering the waste out of the blood by your kidney is less than 15ml/min/1.73 sqm and if there is no other way of restoring the kidney functions, and if you are healthy enough to undergo surgery, you can be a good candidate for the kidney transplant surgery.

How is Kidney Transplant done?

Before the transplant, the patient and the donor need to undergo a battery of tests like blood group (A, B, AB or O) and HLA (human leukocyte antigen) typing. If the HLA type of the patient matches with the donor, then it is more probable that the patient body will not reject the kidney. Once the matching is done and the donor is identified, cross matching of the antibodies is done to make sure that the antibodies will not attack the organ. If the cross matching test comes negative, that means if the patient's blood doesn't show any antibody reaction after mixing with the donor's blood then the surgeon can proceed with the transplant.

The kidney transplant surgery is a complex procedure performed under general anesthesia.

Step 1

As the anesthesia starts taking effect, the surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen and the diseased kidney is reached. The surgeon then places the donor's kidney in the abdomen by wiring the blood vessels of the kidney to the patient's arteries and veins. This will start the blood flow through the newly replaced kidney.

Step 2

The surgeon then connects the ureters to the urinary bladder to let the patient micturate normally. Depending on the kidney disease, like, if your kidneys are not triggering any complication, the surgeon will decide to leave the diseased kidney inside your body. If he fears that diseased kidney can cause any problems like high blood pressure etc. , then removing them is the best option.

Step 3

Once the kidney is transplanted, the incisions will be sutured back and both the patient and donor shall be transferred to the ICU.

What is the Recovery after Kidney Transplant like?

You will be taken to the ICU immediately after the surgery, where you will be staying for around 24-48 hours following which you will be shifted to the transplant care unit for another 1 week.

Both you and the donor shall experience little pain and discomfort at the site of incision, which would be relieved by medicines. You may also feel numbness due to severed nerves in the area of incision. You will be given medications to subdue your immune system so that it should not reject the new kidney. The surgeon shall also give you antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral drugs for protections against any infection.

You need to come to India 2-3 weeks prior to the scheduled transplant to complete the pre-operative requirements and after the surgery about 7-8 weeks are required. So a total stay of 10-11 weeks is required for kidney transplant in India.

What Results Can I Expect from Kidney Transplant ?

The results of the kidney transplant are satisfying and good. Your new kidney will clean and filter your blood normally and thus you shall get rid of dialysis after the successful kidney transplant. The life expectancy of more than 90% of patients who underwent live donor kidney transplant increases by 5 years and of 80% patients increases by more than 10 years.

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for Kidney Transplant in India.

  • Is it time for a Kidney transplant?
  • Is the surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol
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Patient Testimonials

  • It is my pleasure to write for IndiCure, since I owe my life to you people. The kind of facilities available here in India are no less than what are available in Western countries. I was told that I should go to the USA for my Bone Marrow Transplant, but the cost there was so very high that I could not afford to get the treatment done there. But only IndiCure made it possible for me to be treated here. They convinced me of the facilities and Dr Bhargava's expertise and actually delivered what they promised.

    I would highly recommend IndiCure and India to anybody looking for medical treatment.

    Mohd. Kaif ( Dubai, UAE )

    Procedure : Bone Marrow Transplant surgery

  • My Liver transplant surgery in India has given me a second life. I had completely lost all my hopes but Shweta and IndiCure have been very helpful and arranged everything so well for me. Dr Rai is the best surgeon I have ever met. I really thank them all.

    Salem Shaikh ( Muscat, Oman )

    Procedure : Liver Transplant

  • I got my Kidney transplant surgery done by Dr Bhatyal and his team and shall remain eternally grateful to them. They were wonderful. Very professional but very empathetic at the same time. And a big thanks to IndiCure for connecting me with the right surgeon.

    Kudos to them and the entire team.

    Keith Davidson ( Vancouver, Canada )

    Procedure : Kidney Transplant

  • The IndiCure folks hooked me up with THE BEST doctors for my heart issues.. Period.. The physicians were thorough, professional, fast, proficient, and affordable. Dealing with IndiCure was super easy, super-fast, and a very pleasant experience. I HIGHLY recommend this process for those with no insurance Or those who cannot afford the 20% co-pay for expensive procedures. Check the cost against prices in the USA folks.

    Steve Gofast ( New Jersey, USA )

    Procedure : Heart Transplant

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you have a close related donor, who is willing to give you a kidney you can undergo kidney transplant in India, and that is legal. Organ transplant laws in India do not allow any selling or buying of organ transplant, and that is illegal and strictly prohibited.

The procedure can be performed on one or both Kidneys. Kidney transplants can be performed on persons of various ages, including babies and adults up to the age of 65.

The cost of kidney transplant in India starts from US $15,000 and varies depending on different factors. These factors include the patient's medical condition, compatibility with the donor, surgeon, facility and the city where you choose to get kidney transplant in India.

The average waiting time is about 3-4 years if you are waiting for a cadaveric kidney transplant in India. This can be longer or shorter depending on the availability. We thus recommend you to bring a live related donor with you so that you can undergo a kidney transplant surgery immediately upon arrival after completion of legal and pre-operative formalities.

The cost of dialysis varies from US $25-40 depending on the facility and the city where you choose to get the dialysis done.

The legal formalities and paper work shall be started immediately upon your arrival in India, and so would be the investigations for the donor and the recipient. It takes anywhere between 1-3 weeks for all this to be completed before you would undergo kidney transplant surgery.

The donor would stay in the hospital for 5-7 days, while the recipient will stay anywhere between 6-8 days at the hospital. Another 2-3 weeks for follow up would be needed before you can go back. A total of 6-8 weeks are needed for you to undergo kidney transplant in India.

You must be in good physical and mental health to donate a kidney. In general, you should be at least 18 years old and maximum 65 years old to donate a kidney.

Despite the fact that both options have benefits and drawbacks, research suggests that patients who have a successful kidney transplant live longer than those who receive dialysis. The most important thing is that transplant recipients report a much better quality of life than those who are on dialysis.

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