Scheduling surgery

The transplant team will review your medical history, current health and test results. If the team accepts you, you qualify for surgery.

Living donor 

Once you and your donor pass all of the tests and are emotionally ready, you can schedule surgery. About one week before surgery, you and your donor will need to have a history and physical.

Your transplant coordinator will tell you what you need to do before surgery. You may receive instructions about dialysis, medicines, insulin (if you have diabetes) and any tests you still need to take.

You and your donor will have the second and final cross-match test. If the cross-match is positive, you cannot have surgery. If this happens, the transplant coordinator will talk with you about your options.

Deceased donor

Once you pass all of your tests, your name will be added to the United Network for Organ Sharing for a deceased donor.

The wait for a kidney may take several years. You will not know ahead of time when your surgery will happen. A deceased donor kidney may be available at any time, day or night.

Once a kidney is available, the transplant coordinator will call you. He or she will tell you what to do before surgery. If you have diabetes, be sure you know what to do with your insulin dose.

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2009
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2009

Did you know?
If you are having a kidney transplant using a living donor, he or she will be in a operating room close to yours.