How do I get a kidney transplant?

Need a Tx Center. You need to be evaluated by the transplant team at an approved transplant center. They will go over the process and describe what is required to be wait listed for a kidney. One early suggestion, avoid any blood transfusions until you are evaluated. If you become sensitized from an elective blood transfusion, you may wait years or never receive a kidney.
Get on the list. You first need to be evaluated by a transplant center. Once they confirm that you are healthy enough to get a transplant you have 2 options. If you have a potential living donor you can get a transplant relatively quickly. If not you are put on the list and you must wait until a suitable organ is available. The wait time once you get on the list is usually between 2-5 years.

Related Questions

Can I catch a serious disease like aids if I get a kidney transplant?

Yes, but risk is low. All transplanted organs come from human beings and can transmit infectious disease or cancer. To prevent unintentional passage of a new disease with the organ, careful laboratory testing, behavioral screening of donors, and visual assessment of the organ (by the surgeon) are combined. If there is extra risk because of 1 or more factors, the team usually reviews the information pre-txp with you. Read more...
Good Question. Organ donors, whether from a deceased or a living donor are screened for infectious diseases that can be transmitted to the recipient. The ones that are particularly vexing are hepatitis b and c and hiv. The chance is extremely low, 1 in thousands (like car crash mortality). The risk is not zero because a donor may become infected in a window period, before the tests turn positive. Read more...

Is there anyone who cannot get a kidney transplant?

Depends. Only those individuals who are in good cardiovascular health as well having good control of their other medical issues such as diabetes with an A1c less than 7 wil likely qualify for a kidney transplant. Age is not a factor although those patients older than 70 are less likely to qualify for a transplant. Read more...
Yes. Unfortunately yes, there are some patients that cannot find a suitable donor in spite of being on a registry list for kidney transplant. And of course, the need for transplant kidneys always is always higher than the actual supply. And finally, if one's health condition is too poor for transplantation then they may not be a candidate for a kidney transplant. Read more...
Unreliable patients. For every kidney txp performed, either a live donor's life was put on the line (for the operation), or another pt on the waiting list will die because the organ was given to this pt. So, it is only fair to perform txps for pts who are expected to survive at least several yrs and will actively care for themselves. Too sick, or out of condition, or uncaring, or unreliable pts must be told no. Read more...
Contraindications. Patients who have active infections or recent history of cancers are not considered to be renal transplant candidates. Patients with active cardiovascular disease or uncontrolled psychiatric conditions are not candidates either. Read more...

What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

Destroy ur Kidney. Take high doses of nsiads like Aspirin or Ibuprofen and get dehydrated enough. Wait for your kidneys to shut down and stay dehydrated. Find a relative of the same blood type and hope they like you well enough to give you one of their kidneys. Otherwise, you can wait years on a kidney transplant list until a suitable donor dies and you get their kidney. It's easier to just take care of your own. Read more...
Go get evaluated. Assuming you have advance chronic kidney disease, you should ask your physician to refer you to a nearby transplant center where you can be begin your evaulation for a kidney transplant. You will be provided with your treatments options, including obtaining a living vs. Deceased donor kidney. Deceased donor kidneys generally require placement on a list for a minimum of 3-4 years so it would be e. Read more...
Kidney transplant. The best way to get a kidney is to identify a potential living donor. The waiting times for cadaverous kidneys are measured in years, whereas the wait after identifying a suitable living donor is weeks to months. These are also the best kidneys because of the no stress state of the donor, the very short ischemia times, the increased likelihood of preempting dialysis and the best graft survival. Read more...

What is the process to get a kidney transplant when a family member wants to give you one?

Talk to your doctor. The first step is to determine if a living related kidney donor is a match for your body's immune system. This can be done through tests that a transplant nephrologist or transplant surgeon can order. Read more...
See below. Let the donor know to contact the transplant dept to get worked up starting with blood group. The transplant dept will then also make sure you undergo testing and examination for clearance to get a transplant the donor also needs clearance by a nephrologist. Read more...

I am waiting to get a kidney transplant. When should I tell the person who's interested in me?

Now. Since you are waiting for a kidney transplant, you must have signifcant renal damage. This damage can lead to may medical issues that you will have to face prior to a renal transplant. Thus you should have the full support of the person who is interested in you. So, this individual should be aware of your medical problems so the can plan acordingly as well. Read more...
Any time is good. If you are asking about someone who may donate a kidney to you; you should openly discuss this once you are medically and psychologically ready for transplant. Be open and optimistic, you will be surprised that many of your friends or relatives will be happy to help and were waiting for you to ask. Read more...
A personal decision. I think it is a personal decision one has to make. There is no doubt that the person will eventually find out. What you might want to consider is factors such as your need for dialysis, and waiting time for kidney transplant. Read more...

How long does it take to get a kidney transplant when a family member wants to give you a kidney?

Not too long. The transplant center will evaluate the donor and recipient to see if doing the transplant is a good idea for both the recipient and the donor. The length of the work-up depends on the age and health of those involved and can be as short as a few weeks. Read more...
It varies. It generally takes a couple of months to fully evaluate a potential donor-recipient pair. Read more...
Depends. The potential donor would need a full evaluation at the transplant center. It can vary depending on the age and the medical condition of the donor, but generally takes several weeks or months. Read more...
It depends. The potential donor has to undergo a thorough donor evaluation. If all the initial tests are entirely normal, the whole process may be done in 1-2 weeks; however, if additional tests are needed, the evaluation can take several months. Read more...

Please tell me how long it takes for to get a kidney transplant when a family member wants to give you one?

Transplant center. It depends on the transplant center. On an average, it takes about 3 months if all the tests for both donor and the recipient are done expeditiously.However, it can take upto 6 months, if the recipient has to be prepared for the surgery. It is best to call the transplant centers and speak to transplant coordinator who can outline their process in that center, . Read more...

Can a 76 year old man get a kidney transplant? Is it safe?

Depends. The question needs to be answered by the nephrologist seeing him and the willingness of the surgeon to do the procedure. Much depends on the overall health of the person. Read more...
Yes if very active. Transplant teams consider how old a person seems medically, not the # of years of their age. A 76 year old who cannot walk 1 block is probably not in good enough condition to survive and thrive from a transplant for long enough to justify the use of that kidney. But, a 76 year old who is quite active and does not have other major medical problems, may have the best chance for long life with a txp. Read more...