Ok, so what’s the first step to getting a transplant?

Once your GFR hits 30 mL/min, get a referral to a KT center. Sooner is better than later! Once referred, your new center will begin a thorough medical evaluation to see if you’re healthy enough to be a KT candidate. See here: LINK TO TRANSPLANT CENTER LIST

Part of the Pre-Transplant Workup includes:

  • Visiting a cardiologist
  • Getting up to date on cancer screening
  • Achieving a healthy weight

Kidneys don’t fall out of the sky. Where will I get one?

Good point. This is the time for you to look for family or friends who may be willing to give you a kidney.  Remember, you only need one kidney to live—not two! In an ideal situation, your kidney donor would be a living volunteer. Why’s that? Glad you asked…

  • It’s healthier and lasts longer
  • Can be placed before you start dialysis
  • Will cause less immune reaction

Your donor must also be tested for candidacy by the KT center. They have to be healthy enough in general to give up one of their kidneys.

My donor isn’t a match. Now what?

You still have options!  Look for a Paired Exchange Program:    https://www.unos.org/donation/kidney-paired-donation/

With a paired exchange, you/your donor find another recipient/donor who don’t match each other, but both recipients are matches for the other donor’s kidney. After a match is confirmed, the two pairs will enter into an agreement to “cross swap”. Your partner then donates their kidney to the other recipient, and you call in the favor by taking the other donor’s kidney in return. Then everyone is happy and healthy!

Kidneys don’t fall out of the sky. Where will I get one?

Good point. This is the time for you to look for family or friends who may be willing to give you a kidney.  Remember, you only need one kidney to live—not two! In an ideal situation, your kidney donor would be a living volunteer. Why’s that? Glad you asked…

  • It’s healthier and lasts longer
  • Can be placed before you start dialysis
  • Will cause less immune reaction

Your donor must also be tested for candidacy by the KT center. They have to be healthy enough in general to give up one of their kidneys.