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Kidney Transplant

Evaluation for Kidney Transplant

First Meeting with the Transplant Team

When you come to the Barnes-Jewish / Washington University Transplant Center to begin a patient evaluation, you will meet with a transplant coordinator, nephrologist, surgeon, financial coordinator, dietician and social worker.  It will be an open discussion that is meant to answer the many questions you are likely to have about kidney transplant.  You are encouraged to bring your family to all of your appointments.

Transplant evaluation process

  • Answer questions from patient and family members
  • Complete medical forms
  • Heart and lung function tests
  • X-rays
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Overall physical examination
  • Development of plan to improve your health before surgery
The process of evaluation lasts between one and six months. During this time, you will be working to improve your health in preparation for surgery. This may mean losing weight and if you are a smoker, you may need to stop smoking. At the end of your evaluation, and assuming you have achieved your health improvement goals, you will be ready to be added to the national waiting list.

For additional information or to begin a kidney transplant evaluation, call .

Explore Transplant

A new program is helping patients with kidney failure understand their transplant options. Find out more in this first installment of "Explore Transplant".

 

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