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Kidney Transplant Center

Evaluation and Waiting List

Evaluation for Transplant Candidates

Once your physician refers you as a potential candidate, you will undergo pre-transplant evaluation. The evaluation provides an opportunity for you to learn as much as possible about transplants and for you to decide if you could benefit from transplantation. The evaluation also allows the transplant team to learn about you and determine if you are a suitable candidate for transplant. The evaluation includes:

  • Education class
  • Visits with a social worker, benefits coordinator, nurse coordinator, nephrologist and transplant surgeon
  • Complete medical work up including lab tests, medical imaging, psychological evaluation, cardiac test and other tests as indicated

The transplant team will review the evaluation results, and if they find that you would be a good candidate for a transplant, and financial arrangements are in order, you will be officially listed on the recipient waiting list with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Planning for Your Evaluation

The evaluation can take four to six hours or longer. Some patients may prefer to spend the night near the hospital if they live out of town. Please contact us at the number below if you need a hotel recommendation.

615-222-6618 or 800-456-6618

The evaluation process also involves scheduling of tests and other physician referrals, so it may take several weeks to complete the evaluation and place a patient on the transplant waiting list.

Waiting List

Kidney Patients
Sometimes, people wait only a few days or weeks before receiving a donor organ. If no living donor is available, it may take months or years on the waiting list before a suitable donor organ is available. During this time, you will receive follow-up with your physicians and the transplant team.

Preparing for Your Transplant
We encourage patients to use the waiting period as a time to lose weight, if necessary, to enrich personal relationships, to find and use ways to reduce stress and to improve diet and exercise habits. For patients who are currently smokers, they should quit as soon as possible.

Keeping in Touch with the Transplant Team
If a patient is listed on the recipient waiting list, the transplant team needs to be able to reach them quickly. If there is any change of telephone number, address, insurance or medical condition, the transplant coordinator must be informed right away.