Awaiting Transplantation

About the Waitlist

  • The waiting time can vary substantially between transplant centers and between different regions of the country. The best way to shorten the waiting time is to find a living donor. Another option is to consider listing at an additional center(s) where the wait time is shorter than where you are listed.
  • It is important that you stay healthy and active. You can do this by following medical advice for dialysis related issues and general medical issues. These include nutrition, exercise, and general health maintenance (body weight, cancer screening, vaccination, etc).
  • You may require periodic testing while on the waiting list.
  • You may require that you be seen in their clinic periodically while on their transplant waiting list.

Points to remember about kidney transplantation

  • Kidney Transplant improves quality and quantity of life.
  • Kidney Transplantation is not a life saving procedure.
  • Kidney Transplantation can be done from a living donor or deceased donor (cadaver).
  • Living donor transplantation is preferable over deceased donor transplantation.
  • Kidney transplantation is not for all patients with kidney failure.
  • Patient has to be listed and be in good health immediately prior to transplantation.

Facts about transplantation in USA

  • Over 104,000 are listed for kidney transplantation.
  • Approximately 2/3 of them are active and 1/3 inactive on the list
  • Inactivity may be due to:
    • acute medical and surgical issues
    • awaiting test results
    • lack of insurance
    • patient's desire (personal reasons)

  • About 6,500 living donor transplants and 16,500 deceased donor kidney transplants are performed each year in US.



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