Whole-Person Care for the Transplant Process
If you’re deciding on a kidney transplant at the University of Chicago Medicine and you live or work in the western suburbs, you can get your transplant evaluation done right in our Hinsdale office and at nearby UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale. Click below to get more information about the top-rated transplant services at UChicago Medicine.
Answering Your Transplant Evaluation Questions
Seeking a transplant is a major life event, and we know you have questions. We’re here to support you through the entire process, from kidney transplant evaluation to post-op life.
Question: How do I find out if I am a candidate for a kidney transplant?Answer:
Our transplant team will meet and discuss your case to decide if you are a candidate for a kidney transplant at UChicago Medicine. You will receive a phone call and a letter from your nurse with the decision.
If you are a candidate, our team will place you on the organ waiting list or work with you to schedule your surgery if a living donor is available. The team will also notify you if they need more information to make a decision.
Question: What testing do I need for a kidney transplant?Answer:
Some of the tests you will have at UChicago Medicine include:
- An electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a stress test to check your heart health
- Blood work for organ matching and to screen for viruses and other conditions
- Chest X-ray to identify any issues with your lungs or heart
- Cancer screenings based on your age and gender
These tests take time, and you may need additional tests depending on your condition. The evaluation process usually takes a few weeks to just over a month. You must keep your appointments to be considered for a transplant at UChicago Medicine.
Question: Why should I be evaluated for a kidney transplant at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth?Answer:
Getting evaluated for a kidney transplant at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth is the first step toward regaining control of your life.
Our team can determine if you are a candidate for a living donor transplant, which provides more options for you and lasts longer, on average, than kidneys from deceased donors.
If you have a living donor who is not compatible, paired kidney exchange (PKE) or kidney-paired donation (KPD) might be an option. If accepted into these programs, your wait time for a transplant might be shorter, which means less time on dialysis. You may even be able to receive a kidney transplant before you begin dialysis
Question: If I have kidney failure, at what point should I be evaluated for a transplant?Answer:
If you have kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal failure (ESRD), your kidneys can no longer function on their own. You'll need dialysis or a transplant, and our team can help you understand your options.
Question: What is a kidney transplant evaluation?Answer:
We follow a detailed kidney transplant evaluation process to determine if you are a candidate. As part of your evaluation, you will meet with several members of our transplant team and have tests to determine if a kidney transplant is right for you. You will also learn more about the process.
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