To be considered for a transplant
The first step is to call the Transplantation Institute for a pre-transplant clinic appointment or to talk to one of the transplant nurse coordinators. At the pre-transplant clinic, patients are seen by a transplant surgeon, nephrologist, social worker and financial coordinator. After this visit, the transplant team will work with the patient's nephrologist to order the necessary testing.
Once a patient's testing is complete, they will be notified when they are placed on the waiting list or when the living donor testing can begin. From pre-transplant clinic through transplant surgery, every patient is assigned to a transplant nurse coordinator who will personally guide them through the transplant process
Where do donor kidneys come from?
Donor kidneys for transplant come from two sources: a cadaver donor (someone who has died), or a living donor such as a family member or a close significant other. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of donors, it is important for patients to discuss all of their donation options with their transplant coordinator.
How long is the wait for a transplant?
The wait for a cadaver kidney to become available for transplant varies greatly, from several months to several years. The factors that influence the waiting time include the patient's blood type, tissue type, immune system status, time on the list and availability of donors. Patients are contacted immediately when a kidney becomes available.
For a living donor, the donor evaluation process takes approximately two months. The surgery will be scheduled once the evaluation has been completed.
What can be expected after transplant
Most people who receive transplants are in the hospital for one week after the transplant and can return to work or school after six to eight weeks of leaving the hospital.
Who will pay for the transplant?
Most insurances (including Medicare) cover kidney transplants. It is very important for patients to discuss their particular case with the Financial Coordinator at the Transplantation Institute.
A better life
Since 1967, Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) Transplantation Institute has provided kidney transplantation as an alternative to dependence on dialysis machines. After transplantation, many people enjoy a high quality of life and are able to return to work, school, hobbies and other important life activities. To date, over 1,000 adults and children have received kidney transplants at LLUMC. Because of advances in surgical techniques, post-transplant medications and careful followup, transplantation is now a successful treatment choice for people of different ages and with different types of kidney diseases. LLUMC's kidney transplant patients now enjoy a greater than ninety percent success rate.
At LLUMC, the philosophy is to treat the "whole patient." Therefore, the transplant team provides a multidisciplinary approach comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and other medical clinicians.
LLUMC does not unlawfully discriminate against service recipients on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, political affiliation or disability. For any questions, please call Patient Relations at (909) 558-4647 for Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda Unviersity Childrens Hospital and Loma LInda University Heart and Surgical Hospital and (909) 558-6502 for Loma Linda University East Campus Hospital.
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