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Transplant Journey


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:

  1. acute medical and surgical issues

  2. awaiting test results

  3. lack of insurance

  4. 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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