Kidney Transplant Evaluation and First Visit
From day 1, you will receive comprehensive and compassionate care from our multidisciplinary kidney transplant team. Our staff will answer all your questions and thoroughly assess your condition to determine your best treatment option. If a kidney transplant isn't right for you, we'll discuss alternative treatments with you.
Before your visit
Your physician and dialysis team should supply all relevant medical information to us before your initial evaluation.
Living kidney donation is a gift of life
During your first visit, you will meet with our transplant coordinator, transplant financial coordinator and transplant social worker. Together, you'll review the transplant process, your financial needs and your psychosocial needs.
After your first visit, our doctors will conduct physical examinations to ensure your body is strong enough to undergo transplant surgery and determine your compatibility with living donors. Transplant evaluation tests can take 2-6 months to complete.
The tests we perform depend on your specific condition and may include:
These include identifying your blood type (A, B, O or AB), antibody levels and cross-matching to determine whether you'll accept or reject a particular kidney.
This painless and harmless test uses high-frequency sound waves to make images of the insides of the 2 large arteries in your neck.
This test uses intravenous or IV drugs to evaluate how the heart responds to stress.
This test examines the lungs and lower respiratory tract to help detect infection or abnormalities in your lungs and to assess the size of your heart.
This noninvasive test shows the blood flow through the arteries and veins in the lower abdomen and legs. It reveals any narrowing caused by hardening of the arteries or other vessel diseases.
This ensures you do not have infections, cavities or gum disease.
This noninvasive test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. Echocardiograms use no radiation and show more detail than X-ray images.
Women have a Pap smear and mammogram.
Ultrasound shows the blood flow to and from the kidneys and locates abnormalities or masses in the kidneys. We'll perform an ultrasound test of your abdominal area to check for any abnormalities of the liver, gall bladder, bile duct, spleen and pancreas.
Both the patient and donor are given skin tests for tuberculosis, a highly contagious infection. TB can be transferred to a patient via a donated kidney.
We check for infections and measure how well your kidneys get rid of wastes.
When you're approved for transplant
Once your transplant is approved, your case is officially activated. The transplant coordinator will put you on the waiting list of United Network of Organ Sharing. We'll also inform your doctor of your transplant status.
While you wait
While you're on the waiting list, it's critical that we have all your current telephone and pager numbers to reach you. You'll also need periodic lab work and yearly tests to be sure you are still a transplant candidate.