Kidney Transplant FAQs

What can I expect during the evaluation process?

You can expect to meet with a multi-disciplinary team that consists of a transplant nephrologist, transplant surgeon, nurse coordinator, social worker, financial coordinator, and dietician.

You will typically undergo the following medical tests; however, additional tests may be required:

  • History and Physical
  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood work
  • Cardiac evaluation
  • Peripheral vascular assessment
  • Pulmonary assessment
  • Routine cancer screenings
  • Abdominal sonogram
  • Psychological Evaluation

What happens after I have completed the evaluation process and approved to be listed?

Once you have been approved by the transplant committee, your name will then be placed on the national list of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

How long will I wait for a deceased donor transplant?

The allocation of organs is based on time waiting on the list and blood type compatibility. Candidates often wait years due to the shortage of deceased donor organs.

What should I do if I have a change in my employment or insurance status?

It is very important that you immediately contact the transplant financial coordinator and notify the center of any changes in employment or insurance status.  The financial coordinator is able to guide the patient through these changes.