At NewYork-Presbyterian patients are evaluated to see if they are eligible for transplantation with extensive testing. Depending on each patient's medical history these tests may include:
Information from all of these tests and interviews is used to determine whether a patient is eligible for kidney transplantation. If the team establishes that transplantation is a viable option, the patient is registered on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list.
The length of time that patients must wait for a kidney transplant varies greatly. If a patient has a friend or family member who wishes to donate a kidney, the time to transplantation may be a matter of just weeks or months. If a patient does not have a living donor he or she may remain on the wait list for a deceased-donor organ for several years.
Each patient is assigned a Transplant Coordinator, who will be his or her primary contact while waiting for the kidney transplant. Candidates for transplantation should:
Patients are highly encouraged to take advantage of the educational materials and support groups at the Hospital. These resources are available to assist patients and their families with the multi-faceted challenges associated with the organ transplantation process. The support groups are tremendously helpful in providing encouragement and practical information.
Renal and Pancreatic Transplant Program
The Pancreas Center
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs