Neph = kidney.
Nephrectomy = removal of kidney.
Nephrologist = kidney doctor. specialist. Big $$. This doctor is only one of seemingly a hundred that are involved in the transplant process.
Laproscopic Nephrectomy = specific type of kidney removal far less invasive than the traditional lets-hack-em-open-and-cut-the-sucker-out method. More on this later…
HLA = Everyone has six different antigens (the stuff that helps you fight off infections); three from each parent. These are the little suckers they use to determine the likelihood that someone will accept or reject a transplanted organ. Much, much more on this later.
Living Donor = me. Organs come from people who have died (try not to have any Frankenstein fantasies), or from people like me who say “Now that you mention it, I really have been carting this spare kidney around for some time – would you like it?” The latter are called Living Donors.