For Kidney Recipients
The kidney transplant process for recipients
From the moment you walk in the door for your first evaluation, to the weeks and months of care following your procedure, Legacy puts you at the center of a circle of world-class professionals.
Our sole objective is to return you to health and improve your quality of life. So with every visit we take the time to evaluate your condition and situation, and find the best options for your treatment and recovery.
- Early in the process a social worker meets with you to provide education and orientation and to discuss issues such as your support system. Our financial counselor also conducts a review of insurance benefits, Medicare eligibility and other issues.
- Next comes your visit with a transplant nephrologist (kidney doctor specializing in transplant) to identify the appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests for you.
- Thorough lab tests are used to confirm immunity or non-exposure to various viruses and to determine compatibility between donor and recipient. (Thanks to modern immunosuppressive medications, even non-related people with basic compatibility can donate a kidney with a high chance of success).
- The final step is examination and evaluation by a transplant surgeon, who checks for conditions that might influence the safety and success of the transplant.
- Once the transplant team is in agreement, surgery is scheduled if you have a living donor, or else you are placed on the national waiting list for a matched kidney from a deceased donor.
With living donors, you and the donor are in adjoining operating rooms so that the donated kidney is out of a body for a minimum amount of time.
For the first few weeks after discharge you will return to the Transplant Clinic three times a week for follow-up care, then less often after that. We perform laboratory tests at every visit to monitor your kidney function and general medical status, with additional studies as needed.
After about three months you are transferred back to the care of your original kidney specialist for regular ongoing care. We continue to work with you and your nephrologist, and review your laboratory results, for the life of your kidney. You will return to the Transplant Clinic for routine follow-up at six months and then annually.