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
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs